A federal US Agency has proposed a new H1B registration fee of $10. This fee will help offset the cost involved in the H1B process.
The new registration fee will be part of the upcoming H1B Visa Program. The new H1B Visa system will come into effect from 1st April 2020.
The USCIS recently released a federal notification. The notification said that under the new system, no H1B petition will be considered which does not have a valid registration selection for a particular fiscal year.
The notification also said that the Dept. of Homeland Security has proposed the registration fee of $10. The fee will be applicable to each registration under the new H1B Program.
The DHS estimates that there will be around 192,918 H1B registrations per year subject to caps. Thus, the new registration fee will help generate $1,929,180 in revenue, as per Livemint.
As per DHS regulations, all H1B petitioners will be subject to the regular cap. This will include those who are eligible for an exemption for having an advanced degree. All H1B petitioners will need to register first with the USCIS during a designated period.
When registering, the H1B petition should be based on a selected registration for the H1B beneficiary to be considered valid. The proposed fee will help recover the registration costs, as per the DHS.
The DHS estimates that the H1B registration process will help save $1.6 million per year. To develop the registration website, the USCIS will incur a cost of around $1.5 million initially. However, that would be a one-time cost.
The new registration fee holds on to the “ability to pay principle”. That is because H1B petitioners have to demonstrate the willingness and ability to incur significant costs to bring in non-immigrant workers.
Currently, the filing fee per H1B petition is $460. H1B petitioners may also need to shell out around $6,000 in statutory fees.
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