USCIS proposes new rule for H-1B visa petitions

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced a proposed new rule that affects employers hoping to file H-1B visa petitions for foreign employees in specialty occupations.

The federal agency hopes to accomplish this by establishing an advanced registration process for the petitions. It hopes that the move will save American businesses $23 million over the next 10 years.

The rule would hope to save this money by making the petition process more efficient, in part by making it electronic.

“The proposed rule would create a more efficient and cost-effective process for businesses interested in bringing workers in specialty occupations to the United States,” USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas said. “Improving the H-1B petition process is part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to leverage new ideas and innovation to streamline our operations and enhance customer service.”

Mayorkas said that there will be a 60-day comment period for the public and businesses to give input on the proposal.

The USCIS estimates that the new process will only take about 30 minutes for businesses to complete.