New processing for H-1B visas in 2020: Stay tuned for new deadlines and requirements

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The H-1B visa, intended to fill technical positions with professionals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher, will undergo changes in the deadline and form of processing in 2020.

From now on, H-1B visa applications must first be submitted through an electronic registration available on the new US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) online portal, from March 1st to March 20th.

The new processing begins with the electronic registration of basic information about the company and each registered worker. Then, the agency randomly selects, among the pre-registrations, the maximum quota of applicants for this type of visa. Finally, the 90-day period starts for the selected candidates to file their petitions for the H-1B visa.

Be aware of the following points:

  • The online registration of H-1B petitions starts on March 1st and ends on March 20th, 2020.
  • There is a US$ 10 government registration fee for each registered employee.
  • Employers whose petitions have been selected will have 90 days to prepare and submit a complete H-1B petition to the USCIS by mail and on behalf of each selected employee.
  • The start date for employees with approved petitions will be October 1st, 2020.

In the coming months, USCIS will announce other instructions about the new procedures, with orientations to employers on how to finish the online registration process, and also with the key dates and schedules.

If you intend to apply for a H1-B visa or still have doubts about the changes, the Drummond Advisors’ lawyers are available to help with any clarification.