Although employers and attorneys experienced minor technical issues, for the most part, the cap H-1B electronic registration process has been smooth.  Given the coronavirus outbreak and disruption, being able to enter all employees into the cap H-1B lottery electronically and remotely, without filing paper-based petitions, has turned out to be a huge benefit.  USCIS will conduct the lottery and notify selected registrations via attorneys’ USCIS online accounts by March 31.

USCIS has also announced that premium processing will be temporarily suspended for FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions.  Like last year, premium processing will resume later in the spring, and USCIS will utilize a two-phased approach.  Premium processing will resume premium processing for FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting a change of status from F-1 nonimmigrant status no later than May 27, 2020.  The earliest date that USCIS will resume premium processing for all other FY 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions is June 29, 2020.

Premium processing remains available for H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap, such as H-1B extensions and transfers.

Details: USCIS reminder, https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/initial-h-1b-registration-period-opens-noon-eastern-march-1; USCIS Premium Processing announcement, https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-announces-temporary-suspension-premium-processing-fy2021-cap-subject-petitions