USCIS  announced today that the initial registration period for H-1B cap  will open at  noon Eastern time on March 9 and run through noon  Eastern time on March 25.

During this period, employers will be able to complete petitioner and beneficiary information and submit the registrations. A confirmation number will be assigned to each registration submitted.

If USCIS receives more than 85,000 registrations by March 25, the agency will then randomly select 85,000 registrations and send selection notifications. USCIS intends to notify account holders by March 31.  Of course, an H-1B cap-subject petition may be filed only by a petitioner whose registration for that beneficiary was selected in the H-1B registration process.

For additional information, please see: https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-and-fashion-models/h-1b-electronic-registration-process

USCIS previously announced that DHS is delaying the effective date of the H-1B Selection Process final rule, which would have fundamentally changed the lottery process. USCIS will apply the regulations currently in place (random selection) to the initial registration period and any subsequent registration period for the FY 2022 registration process.

Please do not hesitate to contact your Chin & Curtis attorney if you or your company would like to complete an H-1B registration.