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H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

By Bill at April 07, 2021 20:32
Filed Under: Immigration News, Visa Knowledge

USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap) including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). We randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted to reach the cap. We have notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.

Registrants’ online accounts will now show one of the following statuses for each registration (that is, for each beneficiary registered):

Submitted: The registration has been submitted and is eligible for selection. If the initial selection process has been completed, this registration remains eligible, unless subsequently invalidated, for selection in any subsequent selections for the fiscal year for which it was submitted.

Selected: Selected to file an H-1B cap petition.

Denied: Multiple registrations were submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for the same beneficiary. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.

Invalidated-Failed Payment: A registration was submitted but the payment method was declined, not reconciled, or otherwise invalid.

 

FY 2022 H-1B Cap Petitions May Be Filed Starting April 1

H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2022, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may be filed with USCIS beginning April 1, 2021, if based on a valid, selected registration.

Only petitioners with selected registrations may file H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2022, and only for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration notice.

When completing Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, please ensure that the below question is included as Question 5 in Supplement H on page 13. If you have already filled out Form I-129 and this question was not included, you may replace Supplement H in your petition by printing out and completing pages 13 and 14 from the current version of Form I-129 on uscis.gov and including them with your petition. Starting July 1, 2021, we will only accept the 03/10/21 edition of Form I-129. Until then, you can also use the 09/30/20 and 01/27/20 editions.

 

Question 5

An H-1B cap-subject petition must be properly filed at the correct service center and within the filing period indicated on the relevant registration selection notice. The period for filing the H-1B cap-subject petition will be at least 90 days. Online filing is not available for H-1B petitions, so petitioners filing H-1B petitions must do so by paper. Petitioners must include a printed copy of the applicable registration selection notice with the FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petition.

 

Petitioners filing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must still establish eligibility for petition approval at the time the petition is filed and through adjudication, based on existing statutory and regulatory requirements. Selection in the registration process does not relieve the petitioner from submitting evidence or otherwise establishing eligibility, as registration only pertains to eligibility to file the H-1B cap-subject petition.

Avoid Common Mistakes with H-1B Electronic Registration

By Bill at March 12, 2021 19:07
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

The initial registration period for FY2022 H-1B cap has opened on March 9 and will run through noon (ET) on March 25. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to fill out petitioner and beneficiary information and submit their registration.

According to USCIS and attorney feedback, following are the most common reasons for rejections of fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap subject petitions.

  • Incorrect Start Date: If your selected registration was submitted during the initial registration period of March9 to March 25, you must indicate a start date of October 1, 2021 on your petition.
  • Incorrect Fees: $10 for each registration. Each registration is for a single beneficiary.
  • Incorrect Filing Date:Pay attention to the filing window identified on the selection notice. File your petition as early as possible within the 90-day window.
  • Duplicate Entries:A prospective petitioner may only have one registration submitted per beneficiary per fiscal year.
  • Wrong Type of Account:There are three types of USCIS online accounts:
    1.Applicant/petitioner/requestor account: Individuals use this type of account to prepare and file applications, petitions or other benefit requests. You cannot use this account type to prepare or submit H-1B registrations.
    2.Attorney/representative account: If you are an attorney or accredited representative submitting H-1B registrations on behalf of a prospective petitioner, select this option. You will also be able to submit Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative.
    3.Registrant account: This is the account that a prospective petitioner must create in order participate in the H-1B registration process, regardless of whether the prospective petitioner will be using an attorney or accredited representative to submit the registration.


Important Dates:
March 9: H-1B registration period opens at noon ET.
March 25: H-1B registration period closes at noon ET.
March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.
April 1: The earliest date that FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.

Selections will take place after the initial registration period closes, so there is no requirement to register on the day the initial registration period opens. For more information about the H-1B program, visit our H-1B Specialty Occupations web page.

DOL made decisions on nearly 100K labor petition in three months

By Bill at February 26, 2021 17:59
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor petitions filed during the first three months of fiscal year 2021 through the LCA system for H-1B visa and LC system for green card.

From October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, Department of Labor made decisions on 80,622 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, and 17,927 labor petitions for green card.

The initial registration period for FY2022 H-1B cap will open at noon (ET) on March 9, please click here to know more information.

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even during pandemic. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.

H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 9

By Bill at February 09, 2021 06:02
Filed Under: Immigration News

USCIS just announced that the effective date of the H-1B Wage Selection Final Rule will be delayed until December 31, 2021. Accordingly, USCIS will use the random selection process it used last year for the FY2022 H-1B cap season.

The initial registration period for FY2022 H-1B cap will open at noon (ET) on March 9 and run through noon (ET) on March 25. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to fill out petitioner and beneficiary information and submit their registration.

Required Fees:
$10 for each registration. Each registration is for a single beneficiary.

Important Dates:
March 9: H-1B registration period opens at noon ET.
March 25: H-1B registration period closes at noon ET.
March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.
April 1: The earliest date that FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.

Selections will take place after the initial registration period closes, so there is no requirement to register on the day the initial registration period opens. For more information about the H-1B program, visit our H-1B Specialty Occupations webpage.

Do you still want to work and live in USA? Please update your resume and contact American employers now!

DHS Delays Effective Date of H-1B Selection Final Rule

By Bill at February 09, 2021 05:23
Filed Under: Immigration News
Release Date 02/04/2021

On Jan. 7, USCIS announced the H-1B Selection final rule, which amended the regulations governing the process by which USCIS selects H-1B registrations for the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions.

To give USCIS more time to develop, test, and implement the modifications to the H-1B registration system and selection process, DHS is delaying the effective date of this final rule from March 9, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021. The delay will also provide more time for USCIS to train staff and perform public outreach as well as give stakeholders time to adjust to the new rule.

For the upcoming H-1B cap season, USCIS will apply the current regulations (random selection) to any registration period that takes place before Dec. 31, 2021.


2021 H1B Visa and Green Card Reports Released

By Bill at January 29, 2021 01:19
Filed Under: Immigration News, Tips and Features

Myvisajobs.com, the leading employment website for immigrants, has released its 16th Annual H1B Visa and Employment-based Green Card reports, which are based on nearly 578,000 Labor Condition Application(LCA) and 72,000 permanent labor certifications.

To help you pitch the employers who are more likely to sponsor you in 2021, we have updated all employers' contact information and added demographic profiles of their foreign workers. Click to see example profile and contact person list.

  1. 2021 Top 100 H1B Visa Sponsor
  2. 2021 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  3. 2021 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Job Title
  4. 2021 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work State
  5. 2021 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Work City
  6. 2021 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Occupation
  7. 2021 Top H1B Visa Sponsors by Industry
  8. 2021 Top 100 Green Card Sponsor
  9. 2021 Top Green Card Sponsors by Status: Certified, Denied or Withdrawn
  10. 2021 Top Green Card Sponsors by Country of Citizenship
  11. 2021 Top Green Card Sponsors by Visa Status
  12. 2021 Top Green Card Sponsors by Job Title
  13. 2021 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work State
  14. 2021 Top Green Card Sponsors by Work City
  15. 2021 Top Green Card Sponsors by Occupation
  16. 2021 Top Green Card Sponsors by Industry

The annual H-1B cap lottery process will be replaced with a salary-based selection process in March. Make sure you are ready, polish your resume and update your career profiles now!

We are updating employers' contact information to make our customized visa job solutions more accurate and effective. Try them now!

The number of LCA includes new, renewed, transferred and cap-exempt LCA. Please visit our H-1B Visa section to learn more.

USCIS Replaces H-1B Lottery with Salary-Based Selection

By Bill at January 10, 2021 20:24
Filed Under: Immigration News

WASHINGTON - USCIS just announced on January 7th that the annual H-1B cap lottery process will be replaced with a salary-based selection process. The final rule has been published and will come into effect in 60 days. read announcement

Under the new rule,H-1B cap visas will be allocated according to wage levels, giving priority to those earning the highest salaries in their respective occupations and geographic areas of employment.

In effect, the H-1B cap visas would be awarded first to beneficiaries in the highest level of the four wage categories(Level 4), then to those Level 3 and so no, until the annual quota of 85,000 has been met.

USCIS believes the new rule "will incentivize employers to offer higher salaries, and/or petition for higher-skilled positions". read full announcement

USCIS Modifies H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages

By Bill at January 10, 2021 19:41
Filed Under: Immigration News
Release Date 
01/07/2021

Rule Expected to Protect the Economic Interests of American Workers

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a final rule that will modify the H-1B cap selection process, amend current lottery procedures, and prioritize wages to protect the economic interests of U.S. workers and better ensure the most highly skilled foreign workers benefit from the temporary employment program.

Modifying the H-1B cap selection process will incentivize employers to offer higher salaries, and/or petition for higher-skilled positions, and establish a more certain path for businesses to achieve personnel needs and remain globally competitive.

“The H-1B temporary visa program has been exploited and abused by employers primarily seeking to fill entry-level positions and reduce overall business costs,” said USCIS Deputy Director for Policy Joseph Edlow. “The current H-1B random selection process makes it difficult for businesses to plan their hiring, fails to leverage the program to compete for the best and brightest international workforce, and has predominately resulted in the annual influx of foreign labor placed in low-wage positions at the expense of U.S. workers.”

This effort will only affect H-1B registrations (or petitions, if the registration process is suspended) submitted by prospective petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. It will be implemented for both the H-1B regular cap and the H-1B advanced degree exemption, but it will not change the order of selection between the two as established by the H-1B registration final rule.

The final rule will be effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register. DHS previously published a notice of proposed rulemaking on Nov. 2, 2020, and carefully considered the public comments received before deciding to publish the proposed regulations as a final rule.

All 2020 labor petitions for H-1B released

By Bill at December 02, 2020 07:29
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor applications filed by U.S. employers during the whole fiscal year 2020 through our online database system.

From October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020, Department of Labor made decisions on 577,334 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, about 13% lower than last year. However, the number of denied or withdrawn cases were also substantially lower. (view detailed report).

  Total LCA Certified Denied Withdrawn
2020 577,334 558,626 3,983 14,725
2019 664,616 613,745 5,893 44,978
2018 654,360 599,782 8,480 45,951
2017 624,650 568,145 8,480 48,025
2016 647,852 569,646 9,220 21,894
2015 618,810 547,278 10,983 19,472
2014 519504 455,144 11,938 16,069
2013 442,275 38,2951 12,170 11,707



While we are updating employer profiles and preparing annual visa job reports. You can use following links to search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly.

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.

DOL approved 440,000 labor petitions for H-1B in 2020

By Bill at August 05, 2020 07:07
Filed Under: Immigration News

We have published all labor petitions filed during the first nine months of fiscal year 2020 through the upgraded LCA system. Our legacy database system is retiring and the new system has significantly expanded the scope of labor data available to our members. Search 2020 LCA Now!

During this period, Department of Labor made decisions on over 462,000 labor condition applications for H-1B visa jobs, and approved nearly 440,000 of them. These numbers are lower than previous years due to the new H-1B electronic registration process implemented in March,2020.

Since employers no longer have to file labor petitions before they receive the lottery winner notices, our LCA database now more accurately reflects the hiring of visa sponsors.

While we are still adding new features to the LCA system, please use following links to understand new rules and regulations, search potential job opportunities and pitch employers directly.

U.S. employers are always looking for skilled workers, even in holiday seasons. Please polish your resume and update your career profiles regularly.