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New H-1B Registration System

On December 6, 2019, USCIS announced its implementation of their new electronic registration process. The new system will be utilized in the next H-1B lottery and will require that employers interested in filing H-1B Cap-subject petitions for FY 2021 (including advanced degree-exempt petitions) now register and remit a $10 H-1B electronic registration fee.

Here are some key points about the new electronic registration process:


  • It will streamline processing of the H-1B Cap process by reducing voluminous filings and provide cost savings to petitioning employers.


  • The preliminary registration period will open from March 1, 2020 until March 20, 2020.


  • As an initial step, petitioning employers interested in the H-1B Cap process for select H-1B candidates will now need to complete an online electronic registration process with USCIS.


  • The related $10 registration fee will be accepted during initial and future registration periods.


  • The new process will require essential information, simply about the petitioner/company and each H-1B candidate.


  • If necessary, a random selection process will be applied to those who have electronically registered and only those with selected registrants will be able to proceed with filing H-1B Cap petitions.


  • Instead of automatically filing numerous H-1B Cap petitions at the outset of H-1B Cap season, the electronic registration process will allow for selection through the system and then submission of selected petitions only.


USCIS will soon provide easy to follow instructions to electronic registrants about completing the electronic process on its website. They will also provide important timelines and dates as the initial electronic registration period gets closer. Please note that USCIS might decide it necessary to continue accepting registrations, or open an additional registration period, if enough registrations are not received and petitions received thereafter are projected to reach the numerical allotments.

For more information about this process, please contact our office.