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USCIS Introduces H-1B Program Changes in 2024

By KPB Immigration Law Firm

February 29, 2024

In late January, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rolled out new measures aimed at bolstering the H-1B visa program and curbing fraudulent practices. These changes encompass updates to the H-1B registration process, online filing options for H-1B forms, and fee adjustments.

Ur M. Jaddou, Director of USCIS, expressed optimism that these changes will foster a fairer selection process for H-1B petitioners and beneficiaries.

Understanding the H-1B Visa

The H-1B Visa is a vital pathway for skilled foreign workers hired by U.S. companies to perform specialized roles. Eligibility criteria for the H-1B visa include:

  • Holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the relevant field
  • Meeting the minimum educational requirements for the position
  • Demonstrating the requisite educational attainment to undertake specialized work

To ascertain your eligibility for the H-1B Visa, consult with an immigration lawyer at KPB Immigration Law Firm.

H-1B Registration Final Rule

To enhance integrity in the H-1B registration process, the selection methodology will transition towards a more equitable and beneficiary-centric approach. This shift ensures that each beneficiary has an equal chance of being selected, regardless of registration volume. Starting in 2025, a passport or valid travel document will be mandatory for H-1B lottery registration.

H-1B Fee Adjustments

Significant fee adjustments have been implemented for H-1B visa applications:

  • H-1B petition fees will rise from $460 to $780.
  • H-1B registration fees will increase from $10 to $215.
  • Both fee adjustments are slated to take effect on April 1, 2024.

Moreover, premium processing fees for Form I-907 filings have been raised from $2,500 to $2,805 as of February 26, 2024.

Navigating the H-1B Visa Process with KPB Immigration Law Firm

The H-1B visa application process is intricate and necessitates collaboration between you and your prospective employer. Engaging the services of seasoned immigration attorneys is crucial to ensuring compliance and efficacy throughout the process.

At KPB Immigration Law Firm, our dedicated team of immigration lawyers stands ready to guide you through the intricacies of the H-1B visa application process. Contact us today to embark on your H-1B visa journey with confidence and peace of mind.