Today, USCIS announced the final rule about H1B registration fee. A $10 non-refundable fee is required for each H1B registration submitted. According to the announcement by USCIS, the fee is “a part of an agency-wide effort to modernize and more efficiently process applications.”

“The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernize our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening program integrity,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. The fee will be helpful for a “more efficient and effective H1B cap selection process.”

Recall that on Jan 30, 2019, USCIS announced that the order of selecting H1B petitions under the H1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption would be reversed, and an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. By revising the order of selecting, applicants who hold advanced degree will have an increased chance to be chosen.

USCIS will announce the start date of electronic pre-registration for H1B petitions on their website at least 30 days in advance. Electronic Registration starts at least 14 calendar days before the first day of H1B filing, which is April 1st. The final rule that was announced today is effective Dec 9, 2019. This $10 fee will be required when registrations are submitted. The agency will announce the implementation timeframe and initial registration period on the Federal Register later.

For more information about H1B, please check the postings on our WeChat official account and our Website. We suggest H1B applicants prepare application material as early as possible, and contact immigration attorneys for professional legal advices.