Welcome! The H-1B lottery is complete. Unfortunately, many talented people were not selected due to the arbitrary cap on foreign talent. From personal experience, I know this can be disruptive and stressful.
But I encourage those affected to make the best of the situation. There's something special to be gained from overcoming challenges, and an opportunity for growth is always just around the corner.
For the petitions selected, USCIS has begun the adjudication process. I’m thrilled to report that, at least for now, we have begun to receive approvals of cases involving Level I wages. As our clients know, we worked in partnership with them to over-document these cases, and it appears that the approach worked.
We are also working hard with our clients to educate and improve their I-9 verification process. ICE worksite enforcement has more than doubled. From Oct. 1, 2017, through May 4, 2018, ICE has opened 3,510 worksite investigations and initiated 2,282 I-9 audits. The administration’s goal is to create a “reasonable expectation” among employers that they will be subject to an I-9 audit.
As always, thank you for your readership, support, and referrals.