October 20, 2011
Dear USCIS Stakeholders,
Throughout the past year, USCIS has placed significant focus on advancing one of our immigration system’s foundational goals: promoting America’s economic prosperity. On numerous occasions, we gathered feedback on how to best maximize the potential of current immigration law to create jobs for U.S. workers, and this feedback greatly informed our actions. As a result, we have made significant progress in a number of areas of interest to stakeholders related to employment-based and high-skilled immigration. For example:
Adjudication of Petitions filed by Businesses Requesting L Intracompany Transferees
EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
We learn from and value your feedback. Earlier this year, USCIS proposed a rule that would establish an advance registration process for U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for foreign workers in specialty occupations. Although we intended the process to be more efficient and cost-effective for businesses, the thoughtful public comments we received indicated that this system would in fact create many challenges for businesses. We have therefore decided to postpone issuing a final rule and instead assess how the proposed rule’s objectives can be achieved within the framework of our ongoing Transformation initiative.
A year ago, USCIS initiated an internal system change that altered where we send receipt notices (I-797). Last month, when the change went into effect, we heard from stakeholders that this change had an unintended negative external impact. We scheduled a stakeholder meeting, gained an understanding of the impact, and have decided to return to our previous practice of sending the original notice to the attorney or accredited representative’s address listed on the Form G-28. A copy will be sent to the address provided by the applicant or petitioner in the applicable form. This change will take effect in approximately six weeks due to the need to re-program our system. We appreciate the feedback you provided.
I look forward to continued collaboration with you on matters of importance to our nation’s economic prosperity and those whom we serve.
Alejandro N. Mayorkas
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security