New Cap-Subject H-1B Registration Procedure in 2020Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2019
USCIS has announced that the initial step for employers seeking cap-subject H-1B visas has changed. In 2020, employers seeking approvals under the fiscal year 2021 cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay an associated $10 registration fee. Only those registrants identified through subsequent random selection will be eligible to file the full petition package.
USCIS anticipates an electronic registration of March 1-March 20, 2020. However, the agency may extend the planned registration period or open a new one to reach numerical allocations. According to the government, step-by-step instructions for registering will be posted on the USCIS web site along with key dates and timelines as March 1 draws closer.
The new procedure applies only to cap-subject positions.
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