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.