H-1B Policy Loosens Towards Computer Programmer Applicants
In 2017, the Trump administration released a guidance memo that imposed stricter evidentiary criteria for computer programmer H-1B applicants. It also raised questions about whether computer programmers qualified for H-1B specialty occupation visas. The memo caused increasing numbers of Requests for Evidence and denials.
The memo was rescinded by USCIS recently. This is a result of a series of court orders on the H-1B program. The denial of an H-1B petition was decided to by arbitrary and capricious by the U.S. Court of Appeals. USCIS relied on logic from the Memo for the denial of the applicant.
USCIS will no longer apply the Memo to any new filings or appeals. This leaves H-1B applicants working as computer programmers with much bigger chances of success.
The H-1B season is approaching faster than ever. If you are a computer programmer with intentions of applying, it would be a regret to miss this great chance to apply. Below is a timeline with all the important dates for the FY-2022 H-1B Cap:
- March 9 — H-1B registration opens at noon ET.
- March 25– H-1B registration closes at noon ET.
- March 31 — Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.
- April 1– The earliest date that FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.
There is only one month until the beginning of the H-1B registration. This means it is now time for applicants to begin preparing documents. We have listed a few tips that will help you understand each phase of the process.
Employers can register employees through the USCIS website. An account can submit registrations for multiple employees, but no more than one registration per person.
Reading Lottery Results
At the end of March/beginning of April, petitioners will hear back on the lottery result. Following are the statuses that one may be in:
Submitted — the petitioner has completed the online registration. However, the applicant needs to wait longer to discover if he/she was selected.
Selected — congratulations! You got it!
Denied — This might have been caused by an error in the payment method submitted. One can also be denied if he/she received several registrations from the same employer.
COVID-19 forced a large number of international students to return to their home countries rather than stay for a career. In the meantime, employers are not financially capable enough to hire as many new employees as in previous years.
The number of this year’s H-1B applicants is anticipated to drop. This creates a perfect opportunity for those applying.
- 3月9日- H-1B网上注册开始
- 3月25日- H-1B注册网站关闭
- 4月1日- 材料提交开始
- 已提交（submitted）— 申请人已经完成网上电子注册，但具体有没有中签还要继续等待
- 被抽中（selected）— 人品爆发，抽中啦！
- 被拒（denied) — 大概是提交的支付方式出了差错，或者同一员工收到了来自同一雇主的多份申请。