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Staffing Firms’ H-1B Denials Reversed in Wake of Court Ruling

May 12, 2020, 4:44 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reopened and approved at least 53 petitions for high-skilled guestworker visas after a recent court ruling that the agency’s criteria were unlawful.

The agency from May 8 to May 10 reversed its initial denial of dozens of separate H-1B petitions for IT staffing companies requesting guestworkers for employment at third-party work sites, according to Bradley Banias, an attorney representing the companies petitioning for H-1B workers.

The new approvals come just weeks after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in ITServe Alliance Inc. v. Cissna that a February policy memo from...

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