For H-1B Visa Registration, US Announces $10 Non-Refundable Fee

For H-1B Visa Registration, US Announces $10 Non-Refundable Fee

The fee is part of an agency-wide effort to modernize and more efficiently process applications.

New Delhi: A final rule is applied by US,  that will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, the United States announced on Thursday.  The registration fee is part of an agency-wide effort to modernize and more efficiently process applications to live or work in the United States.

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor's degree or higher in the specific speciality, or its equivalent.

Upon implementation of the electronic registration system, petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, will first have to electronically register with US Citizenship and Immigration Services during a designated registration period, unless the requirement is suspended.

USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said, "This effort will help implement a more efficient and effective H-1B cap selection process. The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernize our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening program integrity."

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The final rule, Registration Fee Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens, is effective December 9, 2019, and the fee will be required when registrations are submitted.

USCIS is fee-funded, and this non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the agency.

USCIS is slated to implement the registration process for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed testing of the system. The agency will announce the implementation timeframe and initial registration period in the Federal Register once a formal decision has been made, and USCIS will offer ample notice to the public in advance of implementing the registration requirement.
This rule is effective from December 9. USCIS published a notice of proposed rulemaking highlighting a registration fee on Sept. 4, 2019, which included a 30-day public comment period. USCIS received only 22 comments during that time, and has considered all submissions and offered public responses ahead of announcing the final rule.

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