Focus and Experience
Top Client Service
News and Recent Articles
Two months after completing the random H-1B cap lottery, USCIS has started mailing back the H-1B cap applications which were not selected under the random H-1B cap lottery. While the H-1B cap receipts for selected cases were sent out by May 3rd, many employers and applicants who had not heard by now had to assume that their H-1B cap cases were not selected.
H-1B Cap Season Numbers
This year there were 199,000 applications filed for the 85,000 available H-1B cap visas, resulting in a simple calculation of about 35% average chance than an application will be selected for processing under the H-1B cap. […]
Our office handles many ETA Form 9089 – Permanent Labor Certification (“PERM”) applications and we are closely monitoring the current PERM processing times not only for the benefit of our clients but also to be able to predict longer-term trends in PERM processing.
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) has provided an update on the current PERM filing and processing statistics in addition to the processing dates as of May 31, 2017. […]
The U.S. State Department has just released the July 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the tenth Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the significant 33-month retrogression in EB-3 China, the continued cutoff date for EB-1 India and EB-1 China and the notable forward movement in EB-3 India.
In our office, and in the broader H-1B community, we are seeing instances and reports of H-1B petition RFEs aimed at ensuring compliance with the Simeio-line of guidance issued by USCIS in 2015. Specifically, we are seeing RFEs on H-1B petitions (amendments, mostly, but also for extensions) where USCIS is questioning the timeliness or the lack of the H-1B amendment filings. Our office has handled a number of such RFEs and we share our experience and thoughts on how to best handle them.