H-1B

H-1B Program: USCIS’s Enhanced Measures and FY 2025 Registration

Published On
February 8, 2024
Read Time
3 Minutes
Author
OnBlick Inc

The  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced significant changes to the H-1B visa program, aiming for a more equitable and efficient process for both employers and beneficiaries.  

This blog discusses the key updates from USCIS, including strengthened integrity measures and important details for the FY 2025 H-1B cap registration.  

Enhanced Integrity Measures

One Beneficiary, One Chance: Say goodbye to gaming the system! USCIS informs that registrations will be capped per unique beneficiary. This means each individual will have an equal shot at being selected for the H-1B lottery, regardless of how many times employers register them.

Valid Passport Information: Starting with FY 2025, registrants must provide valid passport or travel document details for each beneficiary, ensuring clarity and reducing inconsistencies.

Note: The approval may be denied or revoked if the registration fee is declined, not reconciled, disputed, or deemed invalid after submission.  

Smoother Online Filing

Note: Petitioners opting for paper filing of Form I-129 H-1B petitions, and Form I-907 retain that option. However, users will not be able to link paper-filed forms to their online accounts during the initial launch of organizational accounts.

Fee Schedule Update

A new edition of Form I-129 reflecting the changes from the H-1B Registration final rule and Fee Schedule final rule will be available for preview on uscis.gov with an edition date of 04/01/24. From April 1, 2024, onwards, only the 04/01/24 edition of Form I-129 will be accepted.  

Also, there was anticipation of an increase in the H-1B Electronic Registration Fee from $10 to $215; however, for the FY 2025 H-1B cap, the registration fee will continue to be $10 during the March 2024 registration period.

Dates to Remember

Summing Up  

The USCIS has made significant announcements, introducing a final rule to reinforce the integrity of the H-1B registration process and reduce the potential for fraud. The beneficiary-centric selection process is a key feature of the final rule, designed to minimize fraud and ensure fair chances for all beneficiaries. Starting with the FY 2025 registration period, registrants must provide valid passport or travel document information for each beneficiary, aligning with the document the beneficiary intends to use for entering the U.S. under an H-1B visa.

For more information on these updates and the H-1B visa, visit the H-1B Cap Season webpage.  

As USCIS paves the way for a more transparent and secure H-1B program, OnBlick ensures you stay informed at every step.

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