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USCIS Announces H-1B Lottery Season Regulations for FY2022

On February 8, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the H-1B cap registration process for this year will open on March 9, 2021 and close on March 25, 2021. Selected registrants will be notified by March 31 and petitions may be filed for selected beneficiaries between April 1 and June 30. Approved petitions will have an H-1B employment start date of October 1, 2021.

The H-1B lottery registration process is now conducted online. Employers are required first to set up an account on the USCIS website. The site allows the employer to designate an attorney of record, who may then submit the lottery registration on behalf of the company. The filing fee for registrations is $10 per beneficiary.

Last year was the first time that USCIS conducted the lottery process online. This process is a much more efficient use of government resources and has the added bonus of rendering more people eligible for the cap.

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