USCIS Publishes Proposed H-1B Registration Fee Rule

USCIS is proposing to require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS for the H-1B cap selection process.  As a reminder, beginning with fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions, USCIS is expected to implement an electronic registration requirement, which will require petitioners seeking to file H-1B petitions subject to the cap to first electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period.  USCIS is proposing a registration fee to recover some of the costs that are associated with implementing and maintaining the H-1B electronic registration system.  USCIS will accept comments on the proposed regulation until October 4, 2019.

Details: USCIS announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/dhs-proposes-minimal-registration-fee-petitioners-seeking-file-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions; Notice of proposed rulemaking, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/04/2019-18962/registration-fee-requirement-for-petitioners-seeking-to-file-h-1b-petitions-on-behalf-of-cap-subject