photo of an approved H1B visa.

In 2020, USCIS implemented an electronic registration process for the H-1B cap season. Prospective petitioning employers looking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including for beneficiaries eligible for the advanced-degree exemption, must first electronically register and then pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each beneficiary.

How Does the Registration Process Work?

Under the new process, prospective petitioners (also known as “registrants”), who are seeking authorization to employ H-1B workers subject to the cap, complete a registration process that requires information about the prospective petitioner and each requested worker. USCIS opens the registration period for a minimum of 14 calendar days each fiscal year. The H-1B selection process will then be run on those properly submitted electronic registrations. Only those with selected registrations will be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. Selections only take place after the registration period closes. In order to register, prospective petitioners must create a USCIS online account and use that registrant account within USCIS to submit their registrations.

Required Fees

A $10 fee is required for each registration. Each registration is for a single beneficiary.

Important Dates

  • March 2nd: Petitioners and registrants can begin creating H-1B registrant accounts at noon ET.
  • March 9th: H-1B registration period opens at noon ET.
  • March 25th: H-1B registration period closes at noon ET.
  • March 31st: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants
  • April 1st: The earliest date that Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.

If you are interested in registering for Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B Cap Season, we encourage you to contact our professionals at The Scott Law Firm as soon as possible to set up your registrant account and prepare your for the H-1B filing season.

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