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US President Joe Biden is actively working to improve the H-1B visa process and green card backlog among other issues related to the country's legal immigration system, the White House said.

"Actions have been taken to enhance the H-1B visa process and address the backlog for lawful permanent residents (Green Card) eligible to become US citizens," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialized occupations requiring theoretical or technical expertise. A Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants to the US as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently.

"In order to strengthen immigration system and reduce potential fraud, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a final rule related to the H-1B visa," Jean-Pierre added.

The changes aim to promote fairness and equitable outcomes. The administration is committed to continuously improving the system within its authorities.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the launch of myUSCIS organisational accounts that will allow multiple people within an organisation, as well as their legal representatives, to collaborate on and prepare H-1B registrations, H-1B petitions.

"We are working expeditiously to address any technical issues that may arise for legal representatives whose accounts migrated when they logged into their online account on or after February 14, 2024, including impacts on cases other than H-1B filings," it said.

The initial registration period for FY 2025 H1B cap will open on March 6 and close on March 22. Prospective petitioners and their representatives must use a USCIS online account to register each beneficiary and pay the registration fee during this period.

Beginning with the FY 2025 initial registration period, USCIS will require registrants to provide valid passport or travel document information for each beneficiary. The provided passport or travel document must be the one intended for use to enter the US if issued an H1B visa, and each beneficiary should be registered under only one passport or travel document.

In March, online filing of Form I-129 and associated Form I-907 for non-cap H1B petitions will be launched. On April 1, USCIS will start accepting online filing for H1B cap petitions and associated Forms I-907 for selected registrations.

To assist organizations and legal representatives in navigating the new process, the USCIS introduced Tech Talks sessions in February 2024. These sessions provide an opportunity to ask questions about organizational accounts and online filing of Form I-129 for H1B petitions. Attendance is encouraged for all individuals involved in the H1B registration and petition filing process.

Read More: TimesofIndia 

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