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H-1B Cap Season 2021 – Timeline and Process

H-1B Cap Season 2021 – Timeline and Process

For FY 2021, USCIS has implemented a new process for H-1B cap-subject petitions. Prospective petitioners must first electronically submit a separate registration for each beneficiary for whom they seek to file an H-1B cap-subject petition, along with basic information and a $10 H-1B registration fee. Electronic Registration will be open from March 1, 2020 until March 20, 2020.

USCIS will conduct its annual lottery after the registration period closes, no later than March 31, 2020 (if it receives more registrations than the cap allotted). For H-1B applications selected in the lottery, USCIS will provide prospective petitioners with 90 days to file the complete H-1B application.

The Registration Forms have not yet been released and USCIS has not opened up the systems for account creation to submit online registration. We are constantly monitoring the new H-1B Electronics Registration process and will keep you updated as soon as more information is announced.

In the meantime, please review the Timeline and details set out below:

March 1 – 20: H-1B Electronic Registration

By March 31: Lottery Results

April to June: Submit complete H-1B Applications

Basic Information:

The electronic registration form will request basic information about the prospective petitioning company or organization and employee. Based on screen shots and information regarding the electronic H-1B registration process that USCIS publicly released in November and December 2019, it appears that the following information will be required for the registration process:

Registrant Information:

  1. Legal name of the prospective petitioning company or organization
  2. The Doing Business As names of the prospective petitioning company or organization, if applicable
  3. Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) of the prospective petitioning company or organization
  4. Primary U.S. office address of the prospective petitioning company or organization
  5. Legal name, title, and contact information (daytime telephone number and email address) of the authorized signatory

Beneficiary Information:

  1. Beneficiary’s legal name:
  2. Beneficiary’s gender:
  3. Beneficiary’s date of birth:
  4. Is the Petitioner requesting consideration under the INA 214(g)(5)(C) advanced degree exemption because the Beneficiary has earned, or will earn prior to the filing of the petition, a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education?
  5. Beneficiary’s country of birth:
  6. Beneficiary’s country of citizenship:
  7. Beneficiary’s passport number:

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