As businesses are reviewing receipts issued by USCIS for H-1B cap petitions, it is clear that USCIS has made a systemic error of placing the wrong information on receipts. To keep HR and legal experts updated, enable them to answer potential questions from managers and international employees in order to prevent potential I-9 and consular problems. Here is a quick summary of the problem and a potential plan of action:
USCIS is Listing Incorrect Employer Information on H-1B Petitions Creating I-9 Employment Eligibility Documentation and Visa Application Problems
USCIS has been issuing H-1B receipt notices listing the incorrect employer (instead of listing the name of the person who registered the H-1B in the cap/company signatory). We have also seen some H-1B approval notices with the same problem. Obviously, this is a problem for I-9 employment authorization documentation and consular visa applications. We have a plan to address the problem.
What Businesses Should Do To Correct the Problem, A Plan of Action
Receipt Correction Requests
File correction requests with USCIS on behalf of our clients/US employers. We have seen USCIS correct some records and issue updated receipts with the correct employer.
Approval Notices Corrections – Two Step Approach
In cases where the H-1B approval notices are issued with the wrong employer name, we suggest:
Filing a Correction Request/Letter: Ask USCIS to issue the approval notices with correct employer.
Filing a New I-129 H-1B Petition to Correct: This is crazy, but if a request to correct the approval notice doesn’t work, the employer needs to reevaluate and may need to file a Petition to Correct (normal procedure even if USCIS made the error).
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