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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Upcoming H-1B Online Registration Will Have Fees

A newly proposed rule by USCIS will implement a fee for each registration of a CAP-subject H-1B petition under the upcoming electronic registration system. As was announced months earlier, a preliminary electronic registration period is set to be implemented for H-1B cap season petitioners. It is part of a overhaul of the H-1B cap filing system, which aims to reduce administrative burden and lower costs.

The Office of Budget and Management completed review of the "Fee for Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap Subject Aliens" rule earlier this week. The text of this rule is not yet available to the public. A notice of proposed rulemaking should soon appear in the federal register for public feedback.

Any registration fees imposed will be additional to the regular filing fees for H-1B petitions.

A group business organizations and other related parties have also sent a letter to the new USCIS director requesting for more clarifications of the online registration system such as the actual implementation date. 

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