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USCIS Issues Final Rule on H-1B Cap Selection Process

On January 7, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule on the H-1B selection process for new petitions filed in 2021. This new process prioritizes petitions with higher wage levels for selection. Petitions that offer “Level IV” wages will be given the highest priority, and then to wage Level III, Level II, and Level I, in descending order. A randomized selection would be applied to petitions offering the lowest wage level to fill any remaining visa numbers.  

The final rule will be effective March 9, 2021, which would make it applicable for FY 2021 H-1B lottery. The rule is expected to be challenged in federal court on the basis that the new selection process is in conflict with congressional mandate. The final rule may also be delayed or eliminated by the Biden administration prior to its effective date.  

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