February 11, 2021

U.S. Announces H1-B Cap Registration Period for 2022 Fiscal Year

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the procedures for the H-1B cap registration process for the 2022 fiscal year. The lottery registration window will open at 12:00 p.m. ET on March 9, and close at noon ET on March 25, 2021.

In 2020, USCIS introduced a new electronic registration system, known as myUSCIS, for employers filing H-1B cap petitions on behalf of employees. This will be the second year that employers can register multiple applicants in one session, and will also be able to prepare, edit and store draft registrations in their online account.

There will be no change to last year’s registration fee of $10. USCIS has advised that those selected in the lottery will be notified on or before March 31, 2021 and will then be eligible to submit their H-1B application from April 1, 2021.

During the Trump administration, a rule had been published with the intention of ranking and selecting the lottery cases based on prevailing wage levels. This new selection process has been postponed until at least December 31st, 2021. As such, this period’s lottery to meet the H-1B cap of 85,000 (20,000 of which are reserved for beneficiaries with U.S. advanced degrees), will be selected completely at random as in previous years. It remains to be seen whether the rule of selection based on prevailing wage levels will come into effect next year.

For further information on the H1-B cap process in the U.S., please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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