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Final Rule for H-1B Visa Changes

On January 30th 2019, DHS announced the final decision on its proposed changes to H-1B cap-subject petitions.


The two crucial decisions are as follows:


  • Beginning on April 1st 2019, the cap-selection order reversal will apply to FY 2020 petitions, in which the regular lottery will be chosen before the advanced-degree lottery. This decision is meant to improve the lottery chances for applicants holding a Master’s degree or higher, with an estimated increase of up to 16% (~5,340 workers) for advanced-degree holders. The earliest that petitioners can file will be 6 months before the requested starting date of employment.

  • The electronic registration system is suspended for the FY 2020 season so that USCIS can test the system more thoroughly to ensure functionality. For an in-depth look at how the registration system will function, see our initial article linked earlier.


With all the changes around the H-1B visa, let us here at DeHeng Law Offices help you keep on top of immigration news with all the newest updates.

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