H1B USCIS Update on H-1B Cap Electronic Registration System.

H1B is a nonimmigrant, employment based visa that is granted to an eligible temporary worker. H1B must-have a US based, sponsor or employer who is ready to hire the applicant for specialty occupation. Employer must apply for your H1B visa petition with the US Immigration Department. Once approved, this petition is a work permit in the form of I-797 which allows you to obtain a visa stamp and begin work in the U.S. for that employer.

H1B Eligibility: H1B visa is issued for a specialty occupation including but not limited to the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, requires a theoretical and practical application of a body of such specialized knowledge and requires the visa holder to have a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at a minimum. H1B visa stamping & Interview: Once the H1B petition is approved and a consequent visa interview with an applicable US consulate or embassy is successful you get the H1 visa stamp on your passport.

Earlier in (2019), USCIS published a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. In the new registration rule, employers are required to register their potential H1B hires during the H1B registration window in the USCIS registration system. From the electronic pre-registrations, the USCIS would select cases eligible to be filed and inform the selected registrants to file H1B petition on April 1st. In the new process, the order of H1B lottery is changed to select Regular cap quota petitions first and then Masters quota petitions The final rule reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption, and it introduces an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions.

USCIS has conducted an initial round of usability testing for the H-1 B registration tool and have made revisions and have incorporated feedback from those concerned  involved into redesigns of the tool. This is still in development phase. USCIS will conduct further outreach and training prior to the initial implementation of the registration system to allow the public to familiarize themselves with the electronic registration process. USCIS will provide guidance on how to use the registration system and prepare registrations prior to opening the registration system for the initial registration period.

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