January 2019

January 2019


2019 January Visa Bulletin

DOS posted the Visa Bulletin for January 2019. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the bulletin also includes notes on the diversity visa and the scheduled expiration of two employment visa categories.

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FY2019 H1B Cap Premium Processing Restored January 28, 2019

USCIS announced it will continue premium processing on 1/28/19 for all FY2019 H-1B cap petitions. The temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of H-1B petitions to which it applied.

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FY 2020 H-1B (2019) Cap Season Begins

The H-1B employment visa is limited to 65,000 regular and 20,000 Master's Cap visa applications per year, called the H-1B Cap. The soonest an employer may file an H-1B petition is April 1st, for an October 1, start date. This year, the filing for H-1B Cap is April 1st, Monday. We begin the H-1B petition preparation process in February for the coming April 1st filing. Last year more than 85,000 H-1B cap petitions filed were within April 1st filing date. To find out more about the H-1B visa please visit our website.

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