In a dramatic change ignoring 20 years of past precedent, the
USCIS' Administrative Appeals Office has decided that a new H-1B
petition must be filed every time an H-1B employee changes worksites, if
the new worksite is outside of the original metropolitan area.
Effective immediately all MU Law client-employers must file new or amended
H-1B petitions to protect these H-1B workers. This will dramatically and
negatively change the process for many H-1B employers, especially those
employers in the staffing and consulting industries. These industries
should expect to spend additional time and cost preparing and filing
previously unnecessary H-1B amendment petitions.
The AAO decision is titled, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC.