The Department of Homeland Security announced a new electronic registration requirement for employers participating in the H-1B petition process. Upon implementation, the electronic registration requirement will require employers/petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap petitions to first electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period. Only petitioners whose registrations are selected will be eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition. It is expected that this process will create a more efficient and cost-effective H-1B cap petition process for USCIS and petitioners. USCIS will announce the initial implementation of the H-1B registration process in advance of the cap season in which it will implement the requirement.
This new electronic registration process is a significant change with the way H-1B petitions are currently filed and processed with USCIS. It also follows President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, which suggested improvements and reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries. It is important to understand and follow all changes to the H-1B process to ensure the highest possible chance with the H-1B petition process. Like the change to the H-1B lottery process, this change is expected to benefit high skilled workers and increase competition and fairness in the work force.