In this Law360 article, Mayer Brown Partner Carl Risch comments on the H-1B visa renewal pilot program introduced by the US Department of State.  “According to Mayer Brown partner Carl Risch, who was assistant secretary of state for consular affairs from 2017-2020, renewals became an issue once the COVID-19 pandemic led to processing backlogs in the H-1B program. With the resulting backlogs continuing to put pressure on consular staff and visa holders who need to renew, Risch said the pilot program is a win for both.