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CLIENT ALERT: USCIS Issues Update on H-1B Cap Electronic Registration System—Are Major Changes on the Way?


USCIS has issued an update regarding the agency’s intention to implement a new system for the upcoming H-1B cap filing season, which would require petitioning employers to complete an electronic pre-registration prior to filing.

USCIS envisions a new system whereby upon completion of the pre-registration, USCIS would select the cases eligible to be filed and provide petitioning employers with a defined time period to file the H-1B petition.

USCIS has advised that the agency has completed two rounds of design, testing, and feedback. After the current development phase is completed, USCIS has indicated that further outreach and training will be provided prior to the rollout of the new system.

As this process would represent a significant change in procedure (and with the H-1B cap season rapidly approaching), there has been widespread concern about the limited outreach and engagement opportunities available to test and provide feedback on the registration tool, especially with regard to technical glitches and operation disruptions that have plagued previous registration systems in other visa categories.

Stay tuned for a Klasko Client Webinar covering this topic and other tips on preparing for the FY2021 Cap Filing season in December. Look for an invitation in your inbox, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Your Klasko attorneys will be keeping a close eye on updates regarding the FY2021 H-1B filing system and will issue client alerts as updates become available.

If you have questions about this client alert, please contact your Klasko Law attorney.

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