NewsFlash! No Procedural Changes for Upcoming H1B Cap Filings

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that, for the upcoming fiscal year 2019 H1B cap season (i.e. H1B lottery cases to be filed starting in April 2018), no procedural changes from last year are anticipated. So, while the USCIS may still be considering regulatory changes that eventually would establish some form of pre-registration requirement for petitioning employers filing H1B cap cases, implementation of such a change is not expected before the upcoming H1B lottery.

The USCIS also advised AILA that, as has been standard practice in recent years, premium processing may be suspended for a short period of time for H1B cap cases. The USCIS does not expect to suspend premium processing for non-cap cases, however.


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