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New Electronic H-1B Registration Proposed by USCIS - May 13, 2011

In an effort to administer the H-1B program more fairly and efficiently, DHS has proposed a change to how cap-subject H-1B petitions are filed, which, if adopted, would affect the filing of H-1B petitions next year. The rule would require H-1B employers who seek to petition for H-1B cap-subject workers to first file electronic registrations with USCIS during a designated registration period. The proposal, says USCIS, could save U.S. businesses millions of dollars and make the process less cumbersome. USCIS estimates that the registration process would take 30 minutes to complete. Those employees selected can then complete the application process once they know that a visa is available.