USCIS Announces Implementation of 2021 H-1B Registration Process


On 01/09/2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) formally announced the implementation of the H-1B registration process for fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Employers seeking to file FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay a $10 fee for each registration they submit to USCIS.

Under this new process, employers seeking H-1B workers subject to the cap, or their authorized representatives, must complete a registration process that will require basic information about the company and each requested worker. Employers and their representatives will be required to setup accounts prior to March 1, 2020. The registration period will be open from March 1, 2020 to March 20, 2020. USCIS will then run a random selection process. Per USCIS on March 31, 2020, selected registrants will be notified of their eligibility to continue the H-1B cap-subject filing process. Registrants will have 90 days to file their H-1B cap-subject petitions beginning April 1, 2020. A cap-subject H-1B petition will be considered properly filed if it is based on a valid, selected registration for the same beneficiary. Petitioners can register multiple aliens during a single online submission.

Employers who wish to file an H-1B cap subject petition for FY 2021 may contact their regular Butzel Long attorney, a member of the Butzel Long Immigration Practice Group, or the authors of this e-mail news alert.

Amany Kasham

Linda Armstrong

Reggie Pacis

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