H-1B: New registration system for applications

H-1B: New registration system for applications

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Immigration lawyers, tech-industry trade groups and universities asked the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration whether the planned new registration system for H-1B visa applications would be imposed next year, but failed to get a firm answer.

In a letter to acting agency director Ken Cuccinelli, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and other groups including a trade organization representing Google, Facebook, Amazon, Intel, IBM and Salesforce, and another representing tech giants and IT staffing and outsourcing companies, asked whether the system would be in place for the 2020 H-1B application season. “Transitioning to a new electronic system has the potential for technical glitches and operational disruptions,” they wrote.

The groups urged the agency “to engage in extensive beta testing of the system, with maximum participation and feedback from a wide range of interested stakeholders.”

Cuccinelli responded this week to the groups, saying his agency intended to have the system in place for next year’s H-1B application season “subject to continued testing of the system.” Citizenship and Immigration has conducted two rounds of testing, he added.

 

Source: Mercury News