Bloomberg Law: Upcoming H-1B Registration Process Still Fraught With Concerns

bloombergImmigration attorneys continue to have concerns about a new electronic registration process designed to make the H-1B visa application process easier, even as the government moves ever closer to implementing it.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services late Dec. 6 announced that the spring 2020 H-1B filing season will feature an electronic preregistration process. The new protocol, laid out in a January 2019 regulation, will allow employers to enter the annual lottery for the specialty occupation visas without having to prepare a full petition with supporting documentation until they are actually selected.

“It does have the potential to make life easier,” said Ian Wagreich, a business immigration attorney with Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym in Chicago. A system that allows employers to enter the lottery without all the usual advance preparation is “a step in the right direction,” he said.

Ironically, it could wind up providing the biggest benefit to the very employers the Trump administration has been most skeptical of: large information technology consulting companies.

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