The USCIS announced that a 2nd lottery will not be held this year as they have received enough cases to meet the statutory limit of 85,000 H-1b cap cases for FY 2023.
Hammond Neal Moore will be hosting a free strategy conference call for clients on Thursday Feb 10th at 2:00 pm eastern discussing H-1b cap lottery filings for this cap season. Partner Sherry Neal will lead the discussion and will be joined by partners Cadence Moore, Lisa Galvan, and Matt Minor and will also be joined… Continue reading H-1b Cap Lottery Strategy Call
Although the H-1b lottery season is still 6 months away, the high demand for IT workers along with the shortage of qualified workers is causing many to ask the question of whether it is time to raise the H-1b cap ? Although in theory, it would be nice if our politicians would consider market conditions… Continue reading More H-1b Visas ?
The USCIS recently disclosed that they received over 308,000 registrations for FY 2022 H-1b visas. This compares to only 275,000 in FY 2021. Almost half requested MS degree or higher consideration. In the 1st lottery, the USCIS selected 87,500 registrants. Last year, a 2nd lottery was conducted in August and an additional 18,000 were selected… Continue reading H-1b Lottery News
The USCIS has announced today that the H-1b cap has been reached, the lottery conducted and the status of all registrations selected updated to show who was selected. The USCIS has not released the total number of registrations received but, anecdotally, it is being reported that less than 30% were selected indicating that the number… Continue reading H-1b Cap Reached
The USCIS has announced that the proposal to select H-1b lottery winners by wage level has been delayed until the end of this year to give the Administration time to review and assess the policy change. For this year’s H-1b cap lottery, FY 2022, the selection will remain random.
As expected, the USCIS announced on Friday, that it had reached the cap for new H-1b cases during the first five days of April and a lottery will be held. If last year is any indication, we should start to receive receipts for those lucky few within the next 2 weeks. More updates will be… Continue reading H-1b Cap Reached
The H-1b cap lottery is only 8 weeks away. HLG will be hosting an informative conference call on Tues Feb 6th at 2:00 pm eastern for its clients and friends. Registration is free. For more information and to register, follow this link.
On May 31, 2017, USCIS released a memo clarifying that to be eligible for an H-1B cap exemption based on a Master’s Degree, the school from where the beneficiary obtained their degree has to have been a U.S. “institution of higher education” when the degree was earned. The policy memo cites to Matter of A-T-… Continue reading Do I (Still) Qualify for the H1B Master Cap?
The USCIS announced that it received 236,000 H-1b cap petitions filed for the 85,000 spots available. They have completed the lottery process and have started to issue receipts. Last year, it took almost 4 weeks for all receipts to be issued. Premium processing cases will begin to be processed on May 16, 2016.
In news that surprised no one, the USCIS announced today that it had received a sufficient number of filings to reach both the 20,000 U.S. masters quota and the 65,000 regular quota thus requiring that a lottery will be held. They went on to state that they did not know when the lottery would be… Continue reading H-1b Cap Reached !