On April 1, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new rule relating to the H-1B cap-subject visa petition process which will have a major impact next year (otherwise known as Fiscal Year 2021) for those H-1B cap-subject visa companies and organizations that are planning to sponsor a foreign national beneficiary for an H-1B cap-subject visa.
This new rule now requires all H-1B cap-subject visa companies and organizations seeking to file H-1B cap-subject visa petitions beginning next year (Fiscal Year 2021), including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption, to first electronically register with USCIS during a designed registration period – Only those whose registrations are selected will then be eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject visa petition. USCIS has not released the official company designated electronic registration period (and may exercise discretion to temporarily suspend this requirement until Fiscal Year 2022). In addition, USCIS announced on September 3, 2019 that it would require H-1B cap-subject visa companies and organizations seeking to file H-1B cap-subject visa petitions to pay a fee of $10 for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS for the H-1B cap-subject visa selection process.
There are many other proposed changes to the H-1B process and requirements that may apply to petitions filed 2020. We invite readers to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your company’s name, contact person’s name and title, and telephone number and email address so that we may be able to provide frequent updates as well as to help assist current and prospective H-1B cap-subject visa clients in regard to complying with this impending H-1B cap-subject visa company electronic registration requirement.
Please email email@example.com with any additional questions or concerns you may have regarding the new registration requirement for H-1B visa cap season.
Disclaimer: This article is made available for educational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice.