Beneficiaries need to file fresh petition to change worksite
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a ruling by which an H-1B visa beneficiary can’t change geographical location outside of the labour condition application, or on applications filed with his/her original petition.
This move is expected to restrict the free movement of H-1B visa holders between various worksites in the country.
The administrative appeals office of USCIS, in April this year, said that the relocation of an H-1B worker to a worksite not previously listed on the LCA or H-1B petition would require a newly-certified LCA as well as an amended H-1B petition.
The USCIS said on May 21 that it would give employers up to 90 days to comply with the AAO’s decision.
That means, if an amended petition is not filed on or before August 19, an H-1B worker deployed at a worksite other than the one originally mentioned in the petition could be subject to revocation of his/her H-1B status.
“This guidance also makes it imperative that employers contemplating moving an H-1B worker to a new location not listed on the LCA and/or I-129 petition first obtain a certified LCA covering that location, file an amended I-129 petition with USCIS, and then move the worker to the new worksite,”