H-1B Cap Reached During Registration Period: USCIS has received enough H-1B cap-subject visa petitions to exceed the statutory limit of 65,000 visas (plus 20,000 Master’s cap visas) and ran its random selection lottery. In fact, over 275,000 registrations were received this year. Employer-petitioners selected have 90 days to submit their petitions.
New I-9 Form: USCIS announced that a new version of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) with a version date of ‘‘(Rev. 10/21/2019)’’ is available for use. Employers may continue using the prior version of the form until 4/30/20
Work Authorization Extended for Liberian DED Beneficiaries: USCIS is automatically extending DED-related EADs for Liberians covered under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) through 1/10/21, which is the end of the wind-down period for DED.
TPS Extended for Somalia: USCIS notice extending the designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from 3/18/20 through 9/17/21. The re-registration period runs from 3/11/20 through 5/11/20.