On December 6, 2019, USCIS announced it will be implementing a new online H-1B registration system for the upcoming FY 2021 H-1B cap season. This new registration system will require employers to electronically register applicants prior to filing the complete H-1B petition and pay a $10 registration fee per applicant. Employers will only be required to submit a full H-1B application for those applicants that are selected in the lottery. The new registration process applies only to those employees who are not currently in H-1B status and who have not received an H-1B approval in the past.
Next Steps for Employers
Although the registration does not request information about the job offered, the attorney will have to evaluate the terms of the job offered to ensure that the registration is a bona fide and the position and individual are eligible for the H-1B visa.
Although in previous years, USCIS announced which H-1B cap-subject applicants were selected in the lottery by the end of May, USCIS has not yet announced when the lottery will take place using the new registration system, nor when it anticipates notifying those selected. USCIS will post additional information regarding key dates in the future, such as when the lottery will take place, and whether they will open an additional registration period if the numerical allocations are not filled closer to the initial registration period.
Please contact our firm if you have any questions regarding the new registration system or need assistance in filing your cap-subject H-1B application this upcoming year.
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