H-1B visa petitioners get a new option from USCIS


The H-1B visa is a largely preferred US visa by those who seek work abroad jobs in the USA. This is because of factors like

  • The long duration of stay granted
  • The relatively simple eligibility requirements
  • The visa’s portability

This visa type is subject to an annual cap imposed on it. The registrants and their representatives must be aware of the cap and work on the registrations accordingly.

In the latest announcement, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has pushed the digitization of the process. It says that now petitioners who file H-1B cap-subject petitions could create their USCIS online accounts.

The move aligns with the decision to adopt a new electronic registration process for H-1B visas. This was already envisaged for the fiscal year 2021. Representatives will use the same representative account type that is already available. They may use an existing account. The US employers or agents, known as ‘registrants’, will use a new ‘registrant’ account. This type of account will be available from February 24, 2020.

Representatives may add clients to their accounts at any time. But to enter beneficiary information, they will have to wait until noon of March 1, 2020, Eastern time. Then they can submit their registrations. They will also pay the non-refundable registration fee of $10 per beneficiary.

The initial registration period will be from noon of March 1, 2020, Eastern time through noon of March 20, 2020. Selections will take place only after the expiry of the period of initial registration. With enough registrations by March 20, a random selection of registrations will follow. The selected registrations will be sent notifications through the USCIS online account by March 31, 2020.

In December 2019, the pilot test of the registration system was announced successful by USCIS. Then, the electronic registration system was planned to be implemented for H-1B visa petitions for the fiscal year 2021.

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