On September 4, 2019, USCIS published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that requires employers submitting cap-subject H-1B visa applications to register in advance and pay a $10.00 fee for each such registration.  The Notice also included screenshots that seem to indicate USCIS will accept debit, credit, or ACH.  The public may comment on the proposed rule for 30 days.

This rule is a follow-up to the January 31, 2019 final rule amending H-1B regulations to require employers to electronically register with USCIS in advance of the H-1B selection process. If an employer’s registration is selected, only then can it submit a full H-1B application.

At this time, USCIS has not yet announced whether the electronic filing system will be utilized for the upcoming H-1B filing season in April 2020.

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