USCIS launches system to streamline H-1B visa application process

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a new system to streamline the processing of H-1B visa applications.

The new system, called myUSCIS, is for organizational accounts and allows multiple people within an organization, as well as their legal representatives, to collaborate on and prepare H-1B registrations and H-1B petitions.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa and is commonly used by US companies to hire foreign workers for specialized occupations requiring technical expertise. Companies, especially in the technology sector, rely on this visa to employ thousands of workers from countries like India and China every year.

According to USCIS, 72.6% of H-1B visas in the 2022 fiscal year went to Indians and China came second with 12.5%.

New system for H-1B petitions more efficient

With the new system, organizations can create accounts to facilitate preparation of H-1B registrations, petitions and related forms ‘Form I-907’ more efficiently.

The primary purpose of ‘Form I-907’ is to request premium processing service on certain petitions or applications.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses that information to grant or deny immigration benefits someone seeks, USCIS said in a statement on Wednesday.

Organizations must create a new organizational account to participate in the H-1B electronic registration process starting in March 2024. This step is necessary for those planning to file an H-1B petition for fiscal year 2025.

USCIS quoted, “We are working expeditiously to address any technical issues that may arise for legal representatives who have their accounts migrated when they log into their online account on or after February 14, 2024.” “, including impact on matters other than H-1B filing.” As PTI is saying.

The early registration period for the FY 2025 H-1B cap will open on March 6 and run through March 22.

During this period, potential petitioners must electronically register each beneficiary and pay the associated registration fee using a USCIS online account.

Starting in the initial registration period for FY 2025, USCIS will require registrants to provide information on a valid passport or travel document for each beneficiary.

This information is important for visa issuance and entry into the US.

In addition to the new system, USCIS will launch an online filing for Form I-129 and the related Form I-907 for non-cap H-1B petitions in March.

Starting April 1, online filing of H-1B cap petitions and related forms will begin for selected registrants.

published by:

Girish Kumar Anshul

Published on:

February 29, 2024