USCIS hosted a series of engagements the week of January 21st, during which the agency confirmed the following regarding the online filing of H-1B visas using its new online organizational accounts:
- The H-1B cap registration fee will remain $10 per submission;
- USCIS expects the initial rollout of organizational accounts to occur in February 2024, although the exact date has yet to be confirmed;
- Organizational accounts will allow companies and their legal representatives to electronically file Form I-129 for H-1B (non-cap and FY 2025 cap) petitions, and premium processing requests. This option does not currently extend to other work visa categories filed with the Form I-129. It also does not currently permit H-4 / H-4 EAD applications to be concurrently filed together with the H-1B electronically, which means such H-4 or H-4 EAD applications cannot be bundled with the electronically filed H-1B matter so as to benefit from premium processing nor concurrent processing;
- The dates for the FY 2025 H-1B registration have yet to be confirmed, but it was noted by one USCIS representative that it would occur in “early March;” and
- USCIS will be hosting several smaller “Tech Talk” sessions leading up to the FY 2025 H-1B registration period. USCIS will disseminate further information in the coming weeks.
Registrants with existing MyUSCIS accounts from previous H-1B Cap registration seasons may continue to use the same account. However, action may need to be taken to upgrade this account following the roll-out of the new organizational accounts in February.
GIP will be circulating a user guide in the coming weeks with guidance on how to access existing MyUSCIS registrant accounts and/or create a new one.