Mar 1

Practice Alert: Erroneous H-1B Approval Notices with “1B1” Annotation

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Immigration attorneys including myself have been receiving USCIS I-797 Notices of Approval for H-1B beneficiaries that are annotated “1B1,” even though the petition was not an H-1B1 petition filed on behalf of a citizen of Chile or Singapore. The California Service Center (CSC) has confirmed that this was a technical error that has now been resolved, and that amended notices that reflect the H-1B designation will be mailed this week. AILA is seeking confirmation from USCIS Service Center Operations (SCOPS) that the Vermont Service Center (VSC) and the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) will be handling these cases in the same manner, and will provide an update as soon as it becomes available.