New internet-based e-registration may make H-1B process more difficult

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on March 1, 2020, will establish a new mandatory internet-based electronic registration and lottery process for employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for beneficiaries that are required to be counted under the annual allocation of new H-1B slots.

Filling specialty occupation jobs is not always easy, especially since they usually require very specific qualifications. Employment immigration helps employers hire the most qualified candidates even if they are living outside of the United States. There are many individuals living in Louisiana who originally came to America to work in specialty occupations. But the process they used to get their visas will soon be much harder.
Under these new regulations for the 2021 Fiscal Year (October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021), employers seeking an H-1B cap slot for an employee will be required to register their company and the intended beneficiary online with USCIS and pay a $10 non-refundable lottery fee for each electronic registration. The registration process is not required for cap-exempt H-1B petitions.

The annual lottery for all 65,000 visas will take place the following month. Employers might like the idea of submitting applications electronically, but it could actually be a bad thing. The new system requires employers to only submit minimal information on their professionals. Since the process will be easier, the percentage of approved petitions is expected to decline for the fourth year in a row.

The applicant must provide employer’s name, federal employer identification number and mailing address along with name, job title etc while registering electronically. USCIS will use this information solely to select enough H-1B petitions to adjudicate under the 2021 H-1B cap and will not review the merits of any of the supplied information. The selection of registrants will occur through a computer-aided random selection process. Duplicate registrations for the same beneficiary by the same employer are strictly prohibited. Employers must also attest as part of the registration that they intend to employ the beneficiary. This attestation is being required in order to deter employers from submitting registrations in the lottery but then not pursuing petitions if selected.



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