USCIS Proposes New H-1B Fee

 

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer September 4, 2019
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​Organizations that want to hire high-skilled foreign nationals under the H-1B visa cap will have to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit, under a new rule proposed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

We've rounded up articles and resources from SHRM Online on the news.

Revenue Generator

USCIS proposed the fee to recover the expected costs of implementing and maintaining the agency's new H-1B registration system. USCIS estimated that $1.9 million in revenue would be generated annually from the approximately 192,918 H-1B cap-subject registrations submitted for registration.

(USCIS)

H-1B Electronic Registration Set to Begin

In January, USCIS published a final rule requiring organizations seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with the agency. The visa selection process was also reversed to increase the chance of selecting workers with a master's degree or higher from U.S. schools.

(SHRM Online)

Implementation Pushed Back

USCIS announced that based on public feedback, the electronic registration requirement would go into effect in 2020, in order to complete testing of the new system.

(SHRM Online)

Employers Feeling the Squeeze

It's expected that the demand for H-1B workers will once again far exceed the supply of visas, resulting in a lottery to determine which petitions will be selected. But that's not the only challenge facing employers. Since President Donald Trump issued the Buy American and Hire American executive order in 2017, the administration has scrutinized H-1B petitions more closely, challenged eligibility for the visas more frequently, and increased enforcement more thoroughly with audits and investigations.

(SHRM Online)

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