The US government has something you could call a Christmas gift for employers who hire high-skilled workers from abroad: a new application process for the H-1B visa! This news was made public on December 3 by the United States’ Department of Homeland security. It requires employers to register their choice employees online for the H-1B visa. The registration must be done and completed for a complete two weeks before April 1 which is the deadline for applications. Only those whose online submissions were successful will then proceed to submit a full application. This new process will be a complete change from how petitions were reviewed. Applicants who have a Master's degree or higher, will be more favored with these new regulations. There are a series of other policy changes introduced for the H-1B visa, and this move to change the application process is the most recent change. The government aims to, through these changes, cut down on the overall costs for employers who employ professionals from foreign countries through the H-1B visa scheme. The registration process done online is entirely free. The fees for filing applications cost $2,400 upwards. Apart from the charges, these new changes will also reduce the administrative load of processing so many H-1B applications which usually run in the hundreds of thousands.
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