UNDERSTANDING THE H-1B CAP

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UNDERSTANDING THE H-1B CAP

  1. 1. Understanding the H-1B Cap Presented by Greg Siskind [email_address]
  2. 2. What are the number limits on H-1Bs? <ul><li>65,000 (down from 195,000 quota) </li></ul><ul><li>6,800 for Singapore and Chile </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 for graduates of US graduate degree programs </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who is not subject to the cap? <ul><li>Those seeking extensions and amendments </li></ul><ul><li>Those changing employers (unless not counted in previous job) </li></ul><ul><li>Concurrent employers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who is not subject to the cap? <ul><li>Institutions of higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Those employers “related to or affiliated with” institutions of higher education </li></ul><ul><li>Nonprofit research institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Government research institutions </li></ul><ul><li>J-1 waiver physicians </li></ul>
  5. 5. Do you need to be employed by the university to be exempt? <ul><li>Statute says employed “at” not “by” </li></ul><ul><li>USCIS 6/06 memo says must be nexus </li></ul><ul><li>Physicians specifically okayed to work for private groups and claim exemption through work at qualifying institution </li></ul>
  6. 6. What does it mean to be “affiliated” with or “related” to? <ul><li>Statute doesn’t define “affiliated” for cap exemption purposes </li></ul><ul><li>USCIS 06/06 memo says “affiliated” means same thing as fee exemption meaning </li></ul><ul><li>“related to” not defined </li></ul>
  7. 7. How are H-1Bs allocated if the cap is hit on the first day? <ul><li>Could be hit first day this year </li></ul><ul><li>Lottery will be held </li></ul><ul><li>Cases not accepted toward the cap will be sent back with the fee </li></ul><ul><li>If you claim cap exemption and are wrong, you will not get the fee back </li></ul>
  8. 8. What will happen to Fs and Js who are beneficiaries of an H-1B? <ul><li>Many finish in the summer and there is a “gap” problem to stay in status until October 1st </li></ul><ul><li>USCIS used to exercise discretion to extend but no more </li></ul><ul><li>Might look to switching to visitor status </li></ul>
  9. 9. What can I do if I miss the cap? <ul><li>Find an exempt employer </li></ul><ul><li>Try another category like O-1, TN, E, L or J-1 </li></ul><ul><li>Green card might be an option </li></ul>

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