Published on January 28, 2021
The Immigration Group at Ryan Swanson advises employers to start early preparation of H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for the 2022 fiscal year.
Under the current H-1B cap electronic registration process, employers are required to pre-register for the H-1B lottery, and then submit H-1B cap registrations during the month of March 2021. Specifically, employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the 2022 fiscal year, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register each individual they wish to sponsor for H-1B status, and pay the associated $10 fee for each registration. The initial registration period is anticipated to be open to employers in March 2021. USCIS will then run the H-1B selection process or “lottery” based on those registrations. Only those H-1B petitions with a selected registration will be eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition during a 90-day period, which is expected to begin on April 1, 2021 and end on June 30, 2021.
As background, Congress has imposed an annual limit of 65,000 H-1B visas available to individuals with a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience), and an additional 20,000 H-1B visas available to individuals who have a U.S. Master’s degree. The overall chance for selection is generally less than 50%. Last year, USCIS received nearly 275,000 H-1B registrations.
We recommend that employers initiate any H-1B cap-subject petitions well in advance of the anticipated March 2021 registration period to ensure timely submission of the registration. If an H-1B registration is selected in the lottery, the employer may then file an H-1B cap petition on the employee’s behalf. The current filing fees for an H-1B petition include a $460 filing fee, $500 anti-fraud fee, and an ACWIA Training Fee of $1,500 (if the employer has 25 or more employees), or $750 (if the employer has fewer than 25 employees). If premium processing is available for H-1B cap petitions this year, employers may request premium processing for an additional $2,500 fee.
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