As discussed in prior posts, on January 30, 2019, USCIS announced a final rule regarding changes to the annual H-1B cap lottery system, requiring an electronic registration process for each cap-subject petition. While the electronic registration requirement was suspended for the most recent lottery in April 2019, USCIS is taking steps to implement it going forward. On September 3, 2019, USCIS announced that it was seeking to collect a $10 fee for each electronic registration submitted to USCIS. The comment period on the fee is now open. No further implementation details have been released, including whether the electronic registration will be required, or if the registration technology will be ready, for the upcoming filing season in April 2020 for Fiscal Year 2021.
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