Skills-Based Immigration Plan in United States on Target for 2020’s FY 2021 H-1B Visa Lottery Process

The Trump administration’s skills-based immigration plan is on target for implementation in 2020 and will impact the FY 2021 H-1B visa lottery process. Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Kenneth Cuccinelli II notes the immigration system is for the benefit of the nation. According to Cuccinelli, the approach is to improve the economy and the nation’s overall experience with immigration.

Basic Elements of the Skills-Based Immigration Plan

The Trump administration’s approach is similar to other points-based systems in use by countries such as Australia and Canada. The new merit-based plan provides opportunities for immigrants provided they have:

  • Specific skills sets
  • Current job offers

The administration’s goal is to increase the number of legal immigrants who are selected based on skill from 12% of the total to a much larger 57%. These immigrants must also meet the following requirements:

Of particular note, the administration believes that modernizing the current immigration process will create a fair system. As a result, the new skills-based immigration plan will promote equality and opportunity for all. The administration believes giving preference to skills over family ties increases the country’s competitiveness. Also, the approach gives the needs of employers and the skilled employees they seek higher priority over other immigrants.

H-1B Visa Lottery System Online Registration System Also on Track for 2020 Implementation

Cuccinelli also notes the USCIS’ new online H-1B visa lottery registration system, currently in testing, should be ready for use in 2020 as well. The new online system requires petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including any that are eligible for the new advanced degree exemption, to use the online system and register with USCIS. Petitioners must pay a $10 fee for every petition they submit that is subject to the H-1B cap.

What Does the Skills-Based Immigration Plan Mean for Your Company?

HR teams that are looking to hire foreign national employees through the H-1B visa lottery system should investigate and understand the new system’s requirements. The Trump administration’s skills-based immigration plan along with the new online registration tool and fees may present significant challenges without sufficient preparation.

HR teams should start the process of identifying employees that may be subject to the H-1B visa lottery cap as soon as possible. This with help ensure they can submit applications at the start of the lottery through the new online registration system.

Where Should You Start?

Global Mobility Solutions has a team of global relocation experts who can help you with the new FY 2021 H-1B visa lottery process. Our team’s knowledge and access to visa and immigration resources is without match in the relocation industry. As a result, we have helped thousands of companies with the H-1B visa lottery process reach successful results.


GMS’ team of global relocation experts has helped thousands of our clients prepare for the H-1B visa lottery. Our team can help your company understand the new skills-based immigration plan and fully prepare for the new FY 2021 H-1B visa lottery process.

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