USCIS Issues Erroneous H1B1 Approval Notices

Due to a technical error, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a number of H1B approvals that were incorrectly annotated with the H1B1 annotation. The USCIS is expected to issue corrected approval notices to reflect the proper H1B designation.

Background on H1B1 Category

The H1B1 category is similar to the H1B category, but it is only available to citizens of Chile and Singapore. It was created by the free trade agreements signed by the United States with Chile and Singapore. There are 6,800 H1B1 numbers available each fiscal year. These numbers are deducted from the H1B annual limit under the general quota of 65,000.

Issuance of Amended H1B Approval Notices

The California Service Center advised the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that it is in the process of issuing amended H1B approval notices to correct the improper H1B1 annotation. The Vermont Service Center and Nebraska Service Center have not commented on the matter as of the time of this writing, but are presumably taking similar corrective actions.


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