USCIS has announced that it has received enough H-1B cap registrations during the initial registration period to reach the FY 2022 H-1B regular cap and H-1B master’s cap. USCIS has also conducted the H-1B lottery and has notified employers with selected registrations that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap petition for the beneficiary named in the selected registration. Only petitioners with selected registrations may file the FY 2022 H-1B cap petitions, and only for the beneficiary named in the H-1B registration selection notice.
H-1B cap petitions based on a valid, selected registration may be filed with USCIS beginning April 1, 2021. The petitions must be properly filed at the correct service center and within the filing period indicated on the registration selection notice. A printed copy of the applicable registration selection notice must also be filed with the H-1B cap petition.
To find out about the status of the H-1B registration, the registrant needs to login to his online account. One of the following statuses will be shown against each registration in the H-1B registrant’s online account:
- Selected: The registration is selected and the petitioner may file the FY 2022 H-1B cap petition on behalf of the Beneficiary.
- Submitted: The registration remains in consideration for selection.
Note: Registrations that are shown as ‘Submitted’ will, unless subsequently invalidated, remain in consideration for selection until the end of the fiscal year.
- Denied: The registration was denied because multiple registrations were submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for the same beneficiary. If the registration is denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted by the registrant for the beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.
- Invalidated-Failed Payment: A registration was submitted but the payment method was declined, not reconciled, or otherwise invalid.
We will continue to monitor developments related to the FY 2022 H-1B Cap filings and will keep our readers updated.
If your H-1B cap registration has been selected in the lottery and if you have any questions or need help filing an H1B cap petition, contact VisaPro Law Firm today. We’ll talk through your priorities and recommend strategies for the H1B cap petition filing based on our attorneys’ near 100% success rates.
To learn more on alternatives to the H-1B visa, check out H1B Visa Alternatives: After H1B Cap Has Reached.