Wednesday, December 5, 2018

TWO PROPOSED H-1B CAP MODIFICATIONS

The USCIS has published two proposed rules that will change H-1B cap processes.  While the USCIS hopes that these two rules are finalized in time for the April 2019 H-1B cap, the USCIS has not yet committed to a timeline.  The public may comment on the two proposed rules until January 2, 2019.

The two rules are:

1. Electronic pre-registration for the H-1B cap.  This is a proposed rule that has been considered by USCIS since 2011.  Under the proposal, all H-1B lottery petitions will need to be electronically pre-registered during the H-1B pre-registration period from April 1-7.  After the pre-registration period has concluded, USCIS will run the H-1B lottery.  All H-1B lottery winners will then have 60 days to submit the actual H-1B petition.  If implemented properly, this should save petitioners and the industry significant expense.

2. H-1B Masters Cap Allocation Preference.  USCIS will technically re-engineer the way that it conducts the H-1B lottery.  The result of the re-engineering should mean that a slightly greater number of H-1B petitions will be approved for US Masters Degree H-1B Beneficiaries than under the current H-1B lottery.  We previously explained this process on an earlier blog.