As many Employers and Foreign Nationals are likely aware, the H-1B CAP Season for USCIS 2024 Fiscal Year rapidly approaches. On Friday USICS announced it will open H-1B CAP registration at noon (12PM ET) on March 1, 2023, and registration will run through noon (ET) on March 17, 2023. In light of the news, we recommend Employers and Foreign Nationals consider the following information as we prepare to register those who are eligible.
- USCIS Agrees to Resume Processing H-4 and L-2 Dependent Applications with a Principal's Concurrently Filed Form I-12901.2023
In response to a Lawsuit (Edakunni v. Mayorkas) filed on behalf of Spouses of H-1B and L-1 Visa Holders, USCIS has reached a settlement agreement which it will implement effective today, January 25, 2023.
On February 24, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the redesign and renaming of its Global and Professional Direct Contracting model (“GPDC”), which was paused in March of 2021. The model, now known as the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health model (“ACO REACH”), was renamed in response to stakeholder feedback and to advance Administration priorities. CMS also announced its cancellation of the Geographic Direct Contracting model.
In mid-November a settlement between U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the litigants in the Shergill v. Mayorkas lawsuit resulted in a change in USCIS policy regarding spousal work authorization. Specifically, under the terms of the settlement, E and L dependent spouses would be work authorized incident to status. This means that they no longer would be required to apply for separate employment authorization documents after entering the U.S.