by Chris Musillo

In a dramatic change ignoring 20 years of past precedent, the USCIS' Administrative Appeals Office has decided that a new H-1B petition must be filed every time an H-1B employee changes worksites, if the new worksite is outside of the original metropolitan area.

Effective immediately all MU Law client-employers must file new or amended H-1B petitions to protect these H-1B workers. This will dramatically and negatively change the process for many H-1B employers, especially those employers in the staffing and consulting industries. These industries
should expect to spend additional time and cost preparing and filing previously unnecessary H-1B amendment petitions.

The AAO decision is titled, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC.

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