The United States Department of Homeland Security has decided to change the way H-1B visa application forms are submitted. According to a press release by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services new amended to the application process, require from H-1B petitioners to first electronically register with the USCIS.
The USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna claims that the new changes are simple and smart, and a benefit for employers in the US as well.
“The new registration system, once implemented, will lower overall costs for employers and increase government efficiency. We are also furthering President Trump’s goal of improving our immigration system by making a simple adjustment to the H-1B cap selection process. As a result, U.S. employers seeking to employ foreign workers with a U.S. master’s or higher degree will have a greater chance of selection in the H-1B lottery in years of excess demand for new H-1B visas,” she is quoted to have said, in a press release by the USCIS.
In addition, the new amendment also changes the process by which the H-1B petitions are counted. The USCIS will now first select registrations submitted on behalf of all beneficiaries, and then the remaining registrations a sufficient number projected as needed to reach the advanced degree exemption.
“Changing the order in which USCIS counts these separate allocations will likely increase the number of beneficiaries with a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education to be selected for further processing under the H-1B allocations,” reads the rule posted by the Homeland Security Department.
The new rule will be effective April 1, 2019, when the USCIS will begin accepting the H-1B cap petitions for the fiscal year 2020.