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Posted at: Nov 8, 2019, 8:39 AM; last updated: Nov 8, 2019, 3:12 PM (IST)

United States hikes H1B work visa application fee by 10 dollars

United States hikes H1B work visa application fee by 10 dollars
This non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient.

Washington, November 8

The United States has announced the increase of H-1B work visa application fee by USD 10 as part of its revised selection process.

This non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the federal agency, said the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Thursday.

“This effort will help implement a more efficient and effective H-1B cap selection process,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli.

“The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernise our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening programne integrity,” he said.

The H-1B programme allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialised knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent.

Upon implementation of the electronic registration system, petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, would first have to electronically register with the USCIS during a designated registration period, unless the requirement is suspended, the USCIS said. PTI

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