Immigration partner Jared Leung shares the following update regarding H1-B petitions:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposal that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS.  H-1B visas allow skilled workers in certain specialty occupations to temporarily live and work in the United States.

Because USCIS must expend resources to implement and maintain the H-1B registration system, and because USCIS operations are funded by fees collected for adjudication and naturalization services, DHS is proposing an appropriate, nominal fee for submitting H-1B registrations to recover those costs.

Earlier this year, DHS published a final rule requiring petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, to first electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period.

Additional information on the proposed rule is available in the Federal Register. Public comments will be accepted from September 4 through October 4, 2019.