Time to prepare for H-1B filing season

As an immigration lawyer, I’m here to simplify the upcoming changes in the H-1B visa filing process for the Fiscal Year 2025, making it easier for you to understand and prepare. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is introducing a new, beneficiary (employee) centric H-1B registration system.  In the past USCIS conducted the selection process by the registrations filed by employers.  Multiple employers were filing registration for the same employee.  Under the new H-1B registration system,  USCIS will conduct the selection process by unique beneficiaries (employees). This system should significantly reduce or eliminate the advantage of submitting multiple registrations for the same employee solely to increase the chances of selection and should give all beneficiaries an equal chance at selection.

Another change is an introduction of organizational accounts. This new USCIS platform allows online collaboration for employers and their legal representatives and submitting the H-1B registrations.  It was designed to streamline the H-1B filing process. It is important to start planning who will take the new roles of administrators, creation of different groups and associated legal representatives.  Initial H-1B registration period is scheduled from March 6, 2024, at 12 noon (ET) to March 22, 2024, at 12 noon (ET). Make sure to mark these dates on your calendar.

For the first time, the selected employers will be able to file the Petitions for Alien Workers (form I-129) with supporting documents online.  Starting April 1, 2024, all H-1B petitions will be subject to new fees. For employers with 26 or more full-time employees, the Form I-129 filing fee will be $780. Small employers (with 25 or fewer full-time employees) and nonprofit entities will be charged $460. Additionally, an asylum program fee is introduced to cover the costs of asylum adjudications: $600 for larger employers (26 or more employees), $300 for smaller employers and no fee for nonprofit organizations.  Starting February 26, 2024, the premium processing fee is increasing to $2,805

This shift towards a more transparent and efficient system is a crucial development for employers and prospective H-1B applicants. As always, planning ahead and understanding these changes are key to navigating the H-1B process successfully. If you’re an employer looking to sponsor an employee for H-1B visa or if you are an employee aiming for an H-1B status, our experienced H-1B immigration attorneys are here to guide you through the process. Schedule your consultation with an experienced H-1B immigration attorney TODAY at

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Upcoming new H-1B registration process

As we gear up for the H-1B registration and filing season, here’s a quick heads-up on what’s new and why reaching out to an immigration attorney might be your best move.

What’s Happening:

The H-1B registration process is getting a makeover! There are new procedures being implemented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) for the H-1B registration process.  USCIS is adding a collaboration platform to the H-1B registration system to allow more flexibility for employers.  The employers will be able to do the entire H-1B filing online.  It is important to plan ahead.

Key Dates:

Keep an eye on crucial dates. The H-1B registration will start in March.  USCIS is planning to make the new H-1B collaboration platform accessible in February.  Understanding the timeline is essential to ensure you don’t miss anything that will result in denial. Mark your calendars for the upcoming registration and filing deadlines.

New Procedures:

The H-1B registration process has evolved, and there are updates you need to be aware of. From the new H-1B registration system to the filing procedures, you need stay informed for the successful H-1B process.

Why Consider an Immigration Attorney:

With upcoming changes, having an immigration attorney by your side can make the process smoother.  An immigration attorney is the go-to expert, helping you navigate the complexities of the new H-1B process and ensuring the successful H-1B approval.

Get in Touch:

Don’t hesitate to reach out! If you’re an employer looking to sponsor an employee or if you are an employee aiming for an H-1B, our immigration attorneys are here to guide you through the process. Schedule your consultation with an experienced H-1B immigration attorney at


H-1B registration starts on March 9, 2021

The registration for the fiscal year  2022  H-1B cap will start on March 9, 2021, and will end on March 25, 2021.  If there are more than 85,000 registrations received by March 25, the USCIS will randomly select registrations and intends to notify the registrants by Mach 31, 2021.

The petitions subject to the H-1B cap-subject may only be filed by those employers whose registrations were selected. USCIS delayed the changes to the H-1B selection process until December 31, 2021.

Please note that this article does not constitute legal advice.  We simplified the law to provide general information about the H-1B registration process for the fiscal year 2022.  If you would like to H-1B petition approved fast, schedule a consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer in Phoenix at today or call our office at 480-425-2009!


H-1B registration ends on March 20, 2020 (noon ET)

The USCIS has implemented the electronic registration process for the first time for the fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) H-1B cap.

The employers (registrants), who are seeking authorization to employ H-1B workers subject to the cap, must first electronically register and pay $10 registration fee for each employee. The H-B registration process for FY 2021  started on March 1, 2020 at noon ET and remain open until March 20, 2020 at noon ET.

The H-1B random selection process, if needed, will then be run on properly submitted electronic registrations. The USCIS intends to notify selected registrants by March 31, 2020. The selected registrants may start filing H-1B cap-subject petitions on April 1, 2020.

If you are considering applying for H1-B status for your employee and would like an attorney to help you navigate this new process, call our experienced H-1B Immigration Attorney Irena Juras at 480-425-2009 or contact us via our website and we will assist you.


H-1B filing season approaches

It is now time for employers to start planning the H-1B petition filings for foreign national employees.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2017 cap on April 1, 2016.  Beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions will be eligible to start working on October 1, 2016, the beginning of the FY 2017.  While April 1 may appear to be away, it will be here sooner than you expect.

The H-1B visa category provides for the temporary employment of foreign nationals in “specialty occupations” for which at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent is required (for example, accountants, pharmacists, computer programmers, engineers, lawyers, teachers, and many other professions).

There is a cap of 65,000 visas per year plus 20,000 visas for workers who possess U.S.-earned masters or higher degrees.  It is expected, as in the previous years, that petitions received from April 1 to April 7 (the first five business days of April) will be considered in the H-1B “lottery” (computer-generated random selection process).  The lottery will select H-1B petitions, which will be accepted for adjudication.

As the economy improved and a large number of H-1B candidates is expected to apply this year, we advise employers to be proactive and move quickly to ensure their H-1B petitions are prepared and ready to be filed prior to April 1, 2016.  Keep in mind that prior to the filing of the H-1B petition, a labor condition application has to be certified by the Department of Labor and must be submitted with the H-1B petition.  For more information and help with your H-1B petitions, call us today at 480-425-2009 or contact us through our website!


It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will start accepting H-1B visa applications on April 1, 2014 for Fiscal Year 2015. H-1B visas are for foreign workers in specialty occupations with at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. The fiscal year 2015 starts on October 1, 2014. There is a numerical cap on H-1B visas, which for FY 2015 is 65,000 plus an additional 20,000 for individuals who earned a Master’s degree or higher from U.S. accredited educational institutions. The cap will be filled very quickly, so it’s very important to start preparing the applications with an immigration lawyer early. Before the H-1B visa application can be submitted on April 1, certification of a labor condition application by the Department of Labor is required.

The Department of Labor may take up to seven business days to certify the labor condition application. Therefore, it’s important to make decisions about hiring foreign workers quickly and start preparing the applications as soon as possible, so the complete application can be submitted on April 1. If you want to make sure the H-1B visa application is prepared correctly, please call Juras Law Firm, PLC in Scottsdale, AZ at 480-425-2009 or schedule an appointment with us today!