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$10.00 Fee for H-1B Electronic Registration

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration, once it implements the electronic registration system. The final rule, Registration Fee Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens, will be effective Dec. 9, 2019. 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 USCIS during a designated registration period, unless the requirement is suspended. The registration fee, which will be required when registrations are submitted, is part of an agency-wide effort to modernize and more efficiently process applications to live or work in the United States. This fee is non-refundable.

USCIS is planning to implement the registration process for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed testing of the system. The agency will announce the implementation timeframe and initial registration period in the Federal Register once a formal decision has been made.

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Caterina Cappellari focuses her practice on employment-based immigration as well as nonimmigrant work and investor visas, including: H-1B “specialty occupations” visas; TN Professionals Under the North American Free Trade Agreement visas; E-2 investor visas; L-1A visas for executives and managers; L-1B visas for workers with specialized knowledge; O visas for “extraordinary ability;” and R-1 Temporary Nonimmigrant Religious Workers visas.

She also assists clients with labor certifications (PERM), interviews at USCIS, 601/601A waivers, U-visas, consular processing...

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