USCIS Enhances H-1B Cap Season with Online Accounts and Filing Innovations
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the introduction of organizational accounts for non-cap filings and the upcoming fiscal year 2025 H-1B cap season. The purpose of these accounts will allow multiple individuals within one organization and their respective legal representative to jointly work on H-1B registrations, Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker), and associated Form I-907 (Request for Premium Processing Service). The aim of these enhancements is to improve productivity and collaboration for organizations and their legal representatives.
Fully Electronic H-1B Lifecycle:
The introduction of organizational accounts and online filing represents a significant step towards a fully electronic H-1B lifecycle. USCIS hopes that these transformative changes will help streamline the process from registration, if appropriate, to the final decision and transmission to the U.S. Department of State for eventual visa issuance, if applicable.
Expected Launch Date
USCIS anticipates that the launch of these organizational accounts will take place in February 2024.
Benefits of the Innovations
The benefits of this improvement include reforming the Form I-129 H-1B petition process and reducing the duplication of H-1B registrations and various errors. The introduction of these organizational accounts also paves the way for the eventual transition of paper filing location from service centers to the USCIS lockbox. This will enhance efficiency, standardize processes, and reduce costs.
USCIS will host various national engagements on the organizational accounts leading up to the H-1B registration period. These engagement sessions aim to guide organizations and legal representatives through the process and offer clarification on how to best utilize the newly enhanced organizational accounts.