USCIS Reveals Initial Details on FY 2021 H-1B Cap Season Electronic Registration Procedures
USCIS announced several important details regarding FY 2021 H-1B Cap Season Electronic Registration Procedures in Federal Register on 01/09/2020.
According to the announcement, the employers seeking to benefit from the foreign workforce within the FY 2021 H1-B Visa provision will be able to submit their initial registrations from March 1 through March 20, 2020. In the course of this initial period, those concerned prospective employers are expected to submit their online registrations specifying the names of each foreign worker they intend to file an FY 2021 cap-subject petition. Of course, they must pay the required $10 registration fee per the submission.
Subsequent to the closure of the initial period, if the adequate number of registrations are collected, USCIS will conduct a lottery and select the number registrations as much as the pre-determined number of allocations for FY 2021. Selected registrants will be notified on or before March 31, 2020. Please keep in mind that qualified employers are allowed to file an H-1B FY 2021 cap-subject petition only for the employees they specified in their registrations during the initial period.
However, important details are still not precise, such as how and when employers and their legal representatives/counsels can create online accounts in preparation for the cap registration period. Before March 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is expected to issue detailed instructions on how to record H-1B container records and other requirements of the new process.