USCIS Unveils Final Rule Overhauling H-1B Visa Registration

By Nicole Narea (January 30, 2019, 4:56 PM EST) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Wednesday unveiled a final regulation overhauling registration and selection of certain H-1B skilled worker visas in an attempt to streamline the process for employers.

Beginning in April 2020, the regulation will require H-1B petitioners who are subject to the 65,000 visa cap mandated by Congress, as well as those with advanced degrees from U.S. schools who are exempt from the cap, to complete a simple online registration form with USCIS. Of those registered, only those selected by lottery will proceed to provide full visa applications.

Effective this coming filing season beginning April 1, the regulation...

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