USCIS announced on December 6th, 2019 that it will be implementing its new online registration system for H-1B applications beginning 2020. Employers must follow the new process for electronically registering each intended H-1B petition between March 1st – March 20th, 2020. The precise details of the electronic registration procedure have not yet been announced, but the stated intention is for the registration process to collect only basic information about the employer and employee. Employers will be required to register both cap-subject and cap-exempt H-1B applicants and pay a fee of $10 per application. Following the registration period, USCIS will use a lottery system to select applications. Those selected will then be able to submit a complete H-1B petition.
Employers are encouraged to carefully evaluate potential H-1B petitions and stay apprised of new instructions as they are released. Many companies are concerned about potential glitches and disruptions related to implementing such a dramatic change on such short notice. Check back with us for the latest updates and tips to make this H-1B season as smooth as possible