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USCIS Announces Implementation and Timeline for Electronic Registration Process for Upcoming H-1B Cap Season

Published on 12/9/2019

USCIS has confirmed that it will implement the electronic registration process for the next H-1B cap filing season in April 2020.

Under the new electronic registration process, employers will be required to pre-register for the H-1B lottery, and then file the H-1B petition only after the petition is confirmed to be selected in the lottery. USCIS has not yet released specific instructions on how employers can register H-1B cap-subject petitions under the new electronic registration process at this time.

Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the 2021 fiscal year, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each registration. The initial registration period will be open to employers from March 1, 2020 through March 20, 2020. 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. If selected, employers will have at least 90 days to prepare and file their H-1B cap-subject petitions.

The immigration attorneys at Ryan, Swanson, & Cleveland are closely monitoring this and any other procedural changes for the upcoming H-1B cap season. We recommend that employers considering sponsoring employees or candidates for H-1B status contact our Immigration Group well in advance of the March 2020 filing deadline.

More information regarding the changes can be found in our previous article here.

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