USCIS Concludes Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Selection

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received enough initial electronic registrations to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap, including the master’s cap.


USCIS has updated registrants’ online accounts to show the status of their registration. The agency has also notified selected petitioners that they may move forward with filing an H-1B cap-subject petition starting on April 1, 2021.

Registrants may see one of the following statuses for each individual registration:

  • Submitted: The registration has been submitted and is eligible for selection. If the initial selection process has been completed, this registration remains eligible, unless subsequently invalidated, for selection in any subsequent selections for the fiscal year for which it was submitted.
  • Selected: Selected to file an H-1B cap petition.
  • Denied: Multiple registrations were submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for the same beneficiary. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.
  • Invalidated-Failed Payment: A registration was submitted but the payment method was declined, not reconciled, or otherwise invalid.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

Selected registrants may file full FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions starting on April 1, 2021. It is important to note that only petitioners whose registrations were selected are able to file, and petitions may only be filed for the beneficiary named in the selection notice.

Looking Ahead

Employers and petitioners may visit the USCIS H-1B Electronic Registration Process page for further information. Global Immigration Associates (GIA) has advised clients to contact their Envoy Customer Relationship Manager with questions about any registration submitted on behalf of an employee.

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner 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.