Important H-1B 2024 Updates [Video]

Combating Fraud With New USCIS H-1B 2024 Updates

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Published: March 1, 2024

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Important H-1B 2024 Updates From The New USCIS Final Rule

In this video, immigration attorney Grace Chang reviews the new final rule from USCIS introducing changes to the H-1B process for 2024 and FY 2025. These H-1B 2024 updates incorporate measures to reduce H-1B fraud and make the process more beneficiary-centric. The updates include changes to H-1B beneficiary registration, an updated fee schedule, and online filing updates.

 

H-1B Beneficiary Registration

 

With this new H-1B 2024 update all beneficiaries, no matter how many employers register for the same beneficiary, will have one registration. This is designed to make the H-1B process more equitable and cut down on fraud. It may mean your chances in the H-1B lottery increase next year.

 

Filing and Registration Fee Changes

 

Starting next year, the H-1B registration fee is going to increase from $10 to $215. The filing fees will also be updated and be dependent on the case type. There will also be different filing fees for smaller employers and nonprofits versus large corporations.

 

H-1B Online Filing Process

 

With this 2024 H-1B update, there will also be changes coming to online filing. The updates announced include a new organization account that will allow attorneys, law firms, and employers to collaborate on their online filings. This is likely to lead to more online filings and could be a huge benefit to the current process.

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Full Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Grace Chang and I’m an attorney here at Tsang & Associates. Today we’re going to be going over the latest changes for the fiscal 2025 H1B registration. Looking forward to sharing all the latest that we’ve learned from USCIS and sharing them with all of you. Let’s get to it.

USCIS just recently announced the strength and integrity measures for H1B program and mainly this new measure was announced to combat fraud and multiple and duplicate registrations for the same beneficiary. As many of you guys know, last year’s lottery there were over 700,000 H1B registrations but they found that there were more than half of them were duplicate entries. 

This year each beneficiary is going to have one registration regardless of how many employers register for that specific candidate. Even if you have 10 different offers that just, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get an extra shot at the lottery. So what does it mean for everyone else? Well, you might see your chances increase.

Another change that was announced by USCIS is the updated fee schedule. So, this doesn’t just affect H1B but it affects a lot of our different case types, but specifically to H1B the I-129 filing fees will now differ depending on the case type and even within H1B there will be a different filing fee if you’re a small employer or if you’re a nonprofit versus if you’re a larger employer. So make sure you’re keeping your eyes on the filing fee schedule to make sure that you submit the correct filing fee. 

Also, the registration fee for the H1B for fiscal year 2025 is going to remain $10 but starting next year the registration fee will go up to $215. We’ll see if that has a deterrent effect. I don’t think so. I mean, it might weed out some of the less serious H1B registrants who are thinking well you know all I have to do is file this registration it’s only a $10 fee but for the most part a lot of the H1B clients that I know I don’t think the $215 is going to be a big deterrent, but we’ll see how that affects next year.

Another change is that USCIS has just announced that they’re going to be instituting new organizational accounts that will allow employers and attorneys and law firms to collaborate on online filing for I-129 and corresponding I-907, which is a premium processing. This is great news. This means that we can see an increase of online filings for the H1B petitions for the first time. So it’ll be interesting to see how it goes this year. I’m sure we’ll run into some technical glitches here and there. We’ll be sure to communicate with all the other petitioners to see what’s the best way to file online petitions for H1B. And I have a feeling that if this program goes well, that USCIS will start implementing online filings for other case types for the I-129 as well.

I think the changes that we’re seeing in this new final rule is actually headed in the right direction because they’re combating some of the fraud issues that we saw last year. They’re trying to streamline the process. I think online filing is the way to go. It’s the way of the future. I know a lot of practitioners and even myself, if I’m honest, I’m a little hesitant to do online filing because it’s something new and I’m so used to doing it a certain way, but I recognize this is the way to go and it’s reflective even of the new filing fees schedule. If you do online filing the filing fees are actually a little cheaper and that’s reflective of the fact that you know USCIS thinks that it’s going to be less of a burden on the department to adjudicate online filings versus paper filings.

Alright, that’s it for changes to the H1B registration for this year’s lottery. Wishing everyone good luck. If you have any questions feel free to leave them below, otherwise good luck everyone.