USCIS will launch a new H-1B registration system beginning March 1 through March 20th. The goal is to simplify the initial registration process. Only if an employer’s registration is selected in the USCIS lottery will the completed H-1B petition along with the filing fees be submitted. Due to the simplification of the registration process, we anticipate that there will be a significant increase of registrations resulting in fewer opportunities to obtain an H-1B.
At Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez, we will evaluate whether the H-1B position will meet the increasingly-difficult standard of qualifying as a “specialty occupation” (including wage offer, job title and duties, and the Department of Labor job code). Equally important, we will determine the availability of alternate immigration avenues for employment with your company. Our goal is to eliminate the stress regarding the uncertainties of the new system and coordinate planning for alternate options.
Please contact us ASAP if you have any currently-employed foreign students who will require H-1B status to continue employment, or you seek to sponsor any other foreign nationals for employment authorization.