US Govt. Increases H1B Visa Application Fee By $10; Find Out Why This Happened?

US Govt. Increases H1B Visa Application Fee By $10; Find Out Why This Happened?
US Govt. Increases H1B Visa Application Fee By $10; Find Out Why This Happened?

As per the reports, on November 7, United States  Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a $10 hike in its H-1B work visa application fee as part of its revised selection process.

How Did This Happen?

The United States has announced a raise in the H-1B work visa application fee by $10 as part of its revised selection process.

Ken Cuccinelli, USCIS Acting Director also informed that now these will be supported by the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient and effective for both petitioners and the federal agency.

So far, this process has a non-refundable fee.

He added, “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,”. ( reference)

When Will It Be Open For Public Use?

The registration process will be implemented by USCIS for the FY21 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed testing of the system. 

It is expected that the announcement will be done on the implementation timeframe and initial registration period in the federal register, once a formal decision is made.

How Will This Happen?

They have informed that the USCIS will offer ample notice to the public in advance of implementing the registration requirement. 

On 4 September, It had published a notice for the proposed registration fee, with a 30-day public comment period.

In response to that, the USCIS received only 22 comments during that time, and considered all submissions and offered public responses ahead of announcing the final rule, which is effective on December 9.

Elaborating more about the H-1B program, allows US companies 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 a specific specialty or its equivalent.

How Would It Work?

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

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