The United States has recently declared the commencement of online filing for H-1B applications for the FY25, starting in February. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is also introducing organizational accounts to facilitate collaborative online submission of H-1B registrations. The official announcement, including account availability and registration dates, is expected by the end of this month.
Here’s everything you need to know about H-1B Visa Online Filing for FY25:
USCIS will conduct two national engagement sessions on organizational accounts on January 23 and January 24, assisting organizations and legal representatives in navigating the process before the H-1B registration period.
Organizational accounts will empower individuals within an organization and their legal representatives to collaborate on H-1B registrations, Form I-129, and associated Form I-907 for Premium Processing Service.
The entire H-1B lifecycle will go fully electronic, from registration to the final decision and transmission to the Department of State, with the introduction of online filing for I-129 H-1B petitions.
The USCIS plans to launch organizational accounts in February 2024, followed by online filing of Forms I-129 and I-907. These changes aim to streamline the petition process, reduce duplicate registrations, and minimize common errors.
To enhance efficiency and standardize processes, USCIS will shift the paper filing location for Forms I-129 and I-907 from service centers to the USCIS lockbox.
National engagements on organizational accounts will be hosted by USCIS on January 23 and 24, along with smaller sessions leading up to the H-1B registration period, providing guidance for organizations and legal representatives.
In 2023, the Biden administration aimed to enhance the efficiency of the H-1B system while maintaining the 60,000-visa cap.
Proposed changes focused on easing eligibility for F-1 students, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit employees. The goal was to bolster program integrity by preventing misuse and fraud. Notably, the proposed rule prohibited related entities from submitting multiple registrations for the same beneficiary, streamlining processes, and fortifying eligibility criteria.