From Forbes: USCIS May Court Disaster With Untested H-1B Visa Registration System

forbesBusiness and education groups warn that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may court disaster if the agency implements a new electronic system for H-1B petitions without sufficient testing and input from employers. The registration system, based on a regulation finalized in January, is expected to be used in April 2020 for the FY 2021 H-1B cap season.

“We urge USCIS to engage in extensive beta testing of the system, with maximum participation and feedback from a wide range of interested stakeholders, before the system is required for use to ensure a smooth transition to the new electronic registration system and minimize the risk of disruptions,” wrote 15 organizations in an August 16, 2019, joint letter. “Meaningful consideration of stakeholder recommendations and engagement in system testing is necessary to ensure that the registration system works as intended.”

The organizations expressing concern about the proposed H-1B registration system include the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Council on Education, and a variety of technology trade associations and other organizations, such as the Compete America Coalition, the BSA | The Software Alliance and the Semiconductor Industry Association.

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