February 26, 2021
The H-1B Electronic Registration Process for FY 2022 H-1B cap subject petitions will open at noon Eastern Time (ET) on March 9 and run through noon ET on March 25.
H‐1B cap‐subject petitioners, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, are required to first register prospective beneficiaries electronically with USCIS during the registration period in order to enter the beneficiaries into the selection process for filing an H‐1B cap‐subject petition for fiscal year 2022. There is a $10 H‐1B registration fee for each beneficiary registered with USCIS for the H‐1B cap selection process.
After the registration period is over on March 25, USCIS will then conduct its random selection process on properly submitted electronic registrations. Those selected by USCIS pursuant to that process will then be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. Selection in the registration process does not relieve the petitioner from submitting evidence or otherwise establishing eligibility, as registration only pertains to eligibility to file the H-1B cap-subject petition.
This is only the second year electronic registration has been implemented. In past years, a complete H-1B petition had to be submitted before the lottery was run, meaning that employers ended up preparing and submitting many thousands of H-1B petitions which were never even reviewed. The H-1B electronic registration process was well-received by users last year, with nearly 275,000 unique registrations submitted during the initial registration period.
Please contact us with any questions about the H-1B Electronic Registration Process and we will be happy to help.