I was quoted today in a Times of India article on USCIS’s issuance of a game-changing new policy memorandum yesterday during which it rescinds and replaces two earlier coverage memoranda (2010, 2018) concerning the adjudication of H-1B petitions for professionals assigned to third-party job websites.
Amongst its different directives, the memo instructs USCIS officers to cease requiring H-1B employers to supply job itineraries for H-1B candidates in addition to personal contractual documentation between third-party consumer/vendor corporations. The memo advises USCIS officers to chorus from issuing ridiculously quick approval durations in these circumstances (as little as 1-2 months). The memo additionally makes it simpler for an H-1B employer to exhibit an eligible Employer-Worker relationship with its H-1B worker.
In abstract: although USCIS nonetheless maintains arrows in its quiver to focus on the H-1B program, the brand new steerage represents extraordinarily optimistic information for H-1B stakeholders, significantly these inside the consulting business. The coverage steerage is efficient instantly, and applies to any pending or new requests for H-1B classification, together with motions on and appeals of revocations and denials of H-1B classification.