In an effort to provide more time for USCIS to train staff and perform public outreach as well as give stakeholders time to adjust to the new rule which gives priority in the H-1B selection process to “higher-salaried positions”, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will delay the effective date of the new final rule from March 9, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021. Instead, the USCIS will apply the current regulations (random selection) to any registration period that takes place before Dec. 31, 2021.

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