USCIS Introduces Organizational Accounts for H-1B Registrations and Petitions

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Recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveiled a new chapter for organizations and legal representatives involved in H-1B visa applications. On February 28, 2024, USCIS launched new myUSCIS organizational accounts, marking a shift in how H-1B registrations, petitions, and requests for premium processing services are managed. Read on and reach out to a seasoned New York City immigration lawyer from the Lightman Law Firm to learn more.

What Are the New myUSCIS Organizational Accounts?

The newly introduced myUSCIS organizational accounts are designed to facilitate a collaborative platform. For the first time, multiple stakeholders within an organization, alongside their legal representatives, can jointly work on preparing H-1B registrations and petitions, including Form I-907 for Premium Processing Service. This innovative approach aims to streamline the process, making it more user-friendly.

Why Is a New Organizational Account Necessary?

A key takeaway from the USCIS announcement is the requirement for a new organizational account to participate in the H-1B Electronic Registration Process starting March 2024. This change underscores USCIS’s commitment to leveraging technology to enhance the immigration process. But it also signals a significant shift that applicants must swiftly adapt to.

What Are the Key Dates for the FY 2025 H-1B Cap?

The initial registration period for the FY 2025 H-1B cap is a critical window, opening at noon Eastern on March 6, 2024, and closing at noon Eastern on March 22, 2024. During this timeframe, prospective petitioners and their legal representatives must electronically register each beneficiary and pay the requisite fee through a USCIS online account.

For the FY 2025 cycle, USCIS introduces a mandate for registrants to provide valid passport or travel document information for each beneficiary. This requirement aims to streamline the entry process for beneficiaries abroad, ensuring they use the document intended for their U.S. entry if an H-1B visa is granted.

How Does This Affect Online Filing?

Beginning in March 2024, USCIS will allow online filing of Form I-129 and associated Form I-907 for non-cap H-1B petitions. April 1, 2024, marks the start of accepting online filings for H-1B cap petitions and associated Forms I-907 for selected registrants.

If you have further questions about this recent shift or need legal assistance with any immigration-related matter, please don’t hesitate to contact an immigration attorney from the Lightman Law Firm today. We are here to assist you, every step of the way.