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Proposed H-1B Cap Registration Fee Rule Published by DHS

On September 4, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule regarding a filing fee for H-1B cap registration. As part of H-1B cap registration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposes to collect a $10 fee for each H-1B cap registration submission.

As previously reported by Mintz, DHS is moving rapidly towards its goal of implementing the H-1B registration program for the FY2021 H-1B cap, which will apply to the filing period likely to take place in March or April 2020 for petitions with an effective date of October 1, 2020.

Importantly, the proposed rule limits the notice and comment period to 30 days — abbreviated from the standard comment period, which is typically a minimum of 60 days. DHS justifies this expedited comment period by stating, “USCIS intends for the fee proposed in this rule to be in place before the H1B registration process is initially implemented, which may be as soon as the H-1B cap filing season for FY2021.”

For additional background information on the H-1B quota and the proposed H-1B registration system, please view our prior alert here.

It seems clear that USCIS is on a path to finalize the H-1B cap registration rule with a goal of implementing the new system in time for the FY2021 H-1B cap. Employers that sponsor cap-subject H-1B petitions should be prepared for the possibility that the registration process will be in place for the upcoming H-1B cap season.

The Mintz Immigration Section will host a webinar on H-1B cap registration open to everyone on our immigration mailing list, to be scheduled once the proposed rule is issued. You can subscribe to our mailing list here.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your Mintz Immigration attorney.


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John F. Quill

Member / Chair, Immigration Practice

John’s practice encompasses all aspects of immigration and nationality law. John draws on over two decades of experience to help companies and their employees obtain nonimmigrant visas, including B, E, H, J, L, O, and TN visas. He also handles applications for PERM labor certification; extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, and national interest waiver petitions; adjustment of status procedures; consular processing; and naturalization.

Susan J. Cohen

Member / Founder and Chair Emeritus, Immigration Practice

Susan J. Cohen is Chair of Mintz's Immigration Practice and a nationally recognized Immigration lawyer. She helps corporate clients manage immigration challenges. Susan is an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) member and she's contributed to state and federal immigration regulations.