Changes in H-1B visa application process in USATop Stories

March 07, 2024 14:53
Changes in H-1B visa application process in USA

(Image source from:

The application process for H-1B visas, a pathway for skilled foreign workers to enter the United States, is undergoing significant changes for the fiscal year 2025. The registration period opened on March 6 and closes on March 22 each year. With Indians receiving 77% of H-1B visas in 2022, the competition for these visas is intense. This year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expects around 350,000 applications, a decrease from the previous year's numbers.

To address fraud concerns, USCIS has revamped its registration process. Instead of selecting beneficiaries based on employer registrations, individuals are now chosen based on their unique profile. This change aims to prevent duplicate registrations and give individuals with multiple job offers more flexibility in choosing the best fit. However, this poses challenges for employers as selected candidates might opt for other opportunities, introducing uncertainties in the hiring process.

Adding to the complexity, USCIS is implementing fee increases for visa petitions starting April 1. The filing fees for H-1B, L-1, and O-1 petitions will see significant hikes, increasing the cost of applying for these visas. The fee for H-1B visas will rise from $460 to $780, for L-1 visas from $460 to $1,385, and for O-1 visas from $460 to $1,055. These fee hikes are part of USCIS's efforts to ensure that applicants are genuinely interested in working for the registering employer and possess valid travel documentation.

These changes in the H-1B visa application process reflect USCIS's commitment to streamlining operations, preventing fraud, and aligning fees with processing costs. As applicants and employers navigate these adjustments, staying informed about the evolving visa landscape is crucial for successful visa applications and compliance.

If you enjoyed this Post, Sign up for Newsletter

(And get daily dose of political, entertainment news straight to your inbox)

Rate This Article
(0 votes)
Tagged Under :
H-1B visa application process  USA