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Registration Period Announced for H-1B Cap FY 2021

Posted December 9, 2019Stephanie Wedel - Sr. AssociateH-1B

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Friday that it has completed a successful pilot testing phase and is implementing the registration process in the next H-1B lottery. Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021 cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee.

This will be the first year that this registration process will be used. Under this process, employers will complete a basic electronic registration for each H-1B worker subject to the cap and pay a fee of $10.  USCIS will accept these registrations March 1, 2020 through March 20, 2020.  The lottery selection will then occur for these electronic registrations. Only those selected in this lottery will need to submit the full H-1B cap subject petitions with associated filing fees.The lottery results will be published by March 31, 2020, and those selected will have 90 days to submit the full petitions to USCIS.

USCIS will be posting detailed instructions on how to complete the registration process on their website ( as well as timelines closer to the initial registration period. USCIS will extend the registration period or open an additional registration period if sufficient registrations to reach the number of available allocations are not received.

Please reach out to your designated Meltzer Hellrung attorney if you have any questions.