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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that the filing period is now open for fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions.
Background: The agency also announced that Indian nationals represented 67.7% of registration candidates and Chinese nationals made up 13.2%. USCIS did not provide numbers for other nationals.
BAL Analysis: Employers are reminded that though the filing period will remain open until at least June 30, they should prioritize time-sensitive H-1B candidates, such as F-1 students who can benefit from cap-gap status and others whose status may expire soon. USCIS suspended premium processing of all employment-based petitions as of March 20 because of COVID-19, and has not indicated when the expedited service will become available. BAL clients can access the latest H-1B cap updates, resources and analysis by logging onto BAL’s H-1B Electronic Registration Resource Center.
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