FY 2021 H-1B Cap: New H-1B Registration Process Formally Implemented

USCIS has formally announced the implementation of the new H-1B registration process for FY 2021 H‑1B Cap filings. The following are some of the key features of the new H-1B Cap filing procedure:

  • Employers seeking to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap petition will be required to first register electronically with USCIS using an online account.
  • The initial registration period will be open from March 1 to March 20, 2020.
  • Employers may start setting up their registration accounts in advance of the registration period opening.
  • Employers must, during the registration period, submit a separate registration for each Beneficiary on whose behalf it seeks to file an H-1B cap petition.
  • A $10 H-1B registration fee must be paid for each registration.
  • USCIS intends to close the initial registration period on March 20, 2020, and will announce the actual end date on its website. USCIS will conduct a lottery after the initial registration period closes.
  • USCIS will send notices electronically to all registrants with selected registrations that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap petition on behalf of the Beneficiary named in the notice within the filing period mentioned on the notice.
  • A petitioner may only submit one registration per Beneficiary. If a petitioner submits more than one registration for the same Beneficiary, USCIS will consider all registrations filed by that petitioner for that Beneficiary to be invalid.

USCIS will provide step-by-step instructions regarding setting up of online accounts, and post the date that employers may start setting up accounts in its website. We will continue to monitor developments related to the new H-1B registration filing registration process and will keep our readers updated.

If you have any questions regarding the H1B visa, or need help filing an H1B cap petition, contact VisaPro Law Firm today. VisaPro is offering a FREE FY 2021 H1B Filing Plan Consultation to help H-1B employers and H-1B applicants improve their chances of H1B lottery selection and approvals. Our experienced immigration attorneys will be happy to assist you.

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