USCIS to Open FY 2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Electronic Registration on March 9, 2021

February 5, 2021 Anne Walsh


As a reminder, the electronic registration period for cap-subject H-1B petitions will close on March 25, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST.

What are the Changes?

Following the end of the H-1B registration period on March 25, 2021, USCIS will notify selected registrants who are eligible to file a full petition. USCIS intends to notify selected registrants by March 31, 2021. The agency will start accepting full FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions on April 1, 2021

USCIS published instructions on the USCIS website for electronic registration.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

USCIS is using an electronic registration process for the FY 2022 H-1B selection process. Petitioners who wish to file an H-1B cap-subject petition must register the beneficiary electronically first. A $10 H-1B registration fee is required for the registration of every beneficiary. Full FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions can only be filed with USCIS for beneficiaries who are registered and selected.

Looking Ahead

After the filing window for selected petitions closes in June, it is expected that USCIS will conduct a second lottery to account for selected registrations for which a petition was never filed in the first round or was denied. Last year, the second round of selections was announced in August.

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Managing Attorney at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

About the Author

Anne is a Partner with Global Immigration Associates. In this role, she provides counsel for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500 corporations and their foreign national employees. Anne’s practice focuses on obtaining visas and employment-based green cards in all categories; immigration compliance arising from corporate changes, such as reorganizations and restructuring; and office relocations and company immigration policies and best practices. She also has extensive experience preparing and reviewing business immigration filings, requests for further evidence and appeals, and in researching and analyzing immigration statutes, policy and procedure. Anne works with clients in several industries, including software, cloud technology, manufacturing and electronics. In addition to her employment-based practice, Anne provides counsel for individuals pursuing visas and green cards through family relationships.

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