Washington DC (USA) | Jagran News Desk: The United States on Thursday announced the increase of H-1B work visa application fee by USD 10 as part of its revised selection process.

It will be non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, said the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Thursday.

"This effort will help implement a more efficient and effective H-1B cap selection process," said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli.

"The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernise our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening program integrity," he said.

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialised knowledge and a bachelor's degree or higher in the specific speciality, or its equivalent.

The USCIS further said that upon implementation of the electronic registration system, petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, will first have to electronically register with the USCIS during a designated registration period, unless the requirement is suspended

The USCIS is also slated to implement the registration process for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed testing of the system. Apart from that, it will announce the implementation timeframe and initial registration period in the federal register once a formal decision has been made.

The federal agency will also offer ample notice to the public in advance of implementing the registration requirement.

On September 4, 2019, the federal agency had published a notice of proposed rulemaking highlighting a registration fee which included a 30-day public comment period. However, it received only 22 comments during that time, and has considered all submissions and offered public responses ahead of announcing the final rule, which is effective on December 9.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma