USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Registration

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B resignation submitted by petitioning employers during the electronic registration system for cap-subject H-1B petitions.  According to USCIS, the registration fee “will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the agency.” 

As a reminder, USCIS is slated to implement the electronic registration process for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed testing of the system.  In August 2019, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), along with 14 business, HR, and higher education associations, sent a letter to USCIS urging the agency to confirm whether it intends to mandate use of the electronic registration system for the FY2021 H-1B cap filing season.  USCIS has stated that it will announce the implementation timeframe and initial registration period once a formal decision has been made, and although USCIS indicates that it “will offer ample notice to the public in advance of implementing the registration requirement,” it has not yet done so. 

Chin & Curtis will continue to monitor any updates to the cap H-1B electronic registration process.

Details: USCIS announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-implements-10-fee-h-1b-visa-registration