New rules may bring 'false H-1B demand'

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has proposed a new process for filing H-1B visa petitions that it says could help businesses save millions of dollars, particularly due to reduced legal fees.

But some critics warn that the government proposal would also create a new way to .

The USCIS proposal aims to prevent a reoccurrence of what happened in 2009, when the government for 85,000 slots allowed under the cap.

The result of that year's overload of : "Multiple truckloads of petitions were stacked on pallets on loading docks, in offices and in hallways," said the USCIS in its proposol.

Employers had to spent thousands of dollars in legal fees to file these petitions, wothout any guarantee that it would survive a lottery held to make the final selection.

The USCIS said its proposal aims to fix the problem.