Important Announcements

June 2020

H1B Cap Registrants Not Filing H1B Petitions

H-1B registrations that were selected but do not file H1B petition. USCIS advises in the Question and Answers Section of its H-1B Electronic Registration Process Webpage that the employer retain documentation evidencing the reason for non-filing and present it to USCIS if questioned.

Unused H1B Cap Registrations

USCIS may have a second Registration Selection from its reserved H1B Cap Registrants. USICIS stated, "In the event that USCIS determines that it needs to increase the number of registrations projected to meet the H-1B regular cap or the advanced degree exemption allocation, USCIS will select from registrations held in reserve to meet the H-1B regular cap or advanced degree exemption allocation." USCIS has also stated, "Registrants and representatives will not be notified until the end of the fiscal year if they are not selected. The status of registrations not selected as part of any initial random selection process and not denied will remain as "Submitted."

We will keep you informed whether USCIS will select additional H-1B registrations from those initially submitted for the FY2021 H-1B cap.

Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain Individuals from Brazil Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Novel Coronavirus

President Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry of individuals who were physically present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. This proclamation is effective at 11:59 pm (ET) on 5/26/20. (85 FR 31933, 5/28/20).

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month.

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USCIS Updates Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it is updating its Policy Manual (PDF, 307 KB) to align with the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) precedent decision in Matter of Zhang. Decided in June 2019, the BIA held in this decision that false claims of U.S. citizenship do not need to be knowingly made to make an alien deportable under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

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