If an employer plans to sponsor foreign nationals for H-1B cap employment in FY 2022, it must have an active registration account as an H-1B Registrant in the USCIS system. Planning ahead will help ensure that employers complete the required registration steps by noon ET on March 25, 2021. All H-1B candidates must be registered during this period to be entered in the FY 2022 H-1B cap selection lotteries.
After the close of the registration period, the USCIS will run two H-1B cap lotteries between March 25 at 12:01 p.m. ET and March 31, 2021:
- the first lottery will include all registered H-1B candidates – USCIS will use this lottery to select enough registrations to meet the regular H-1B cap of 65,000; and
- the second lottery will include all registered advanced-degree cap candidates who were not selected in the first lottery. USCIS will use this lottery to select enough registrations to meet the H-1B cap exemption of 20,000 for holders of U.S. advanced degrees.
USCIS is expected to notify registrants and designated counsel of the lottery results by March 31, 2021. For each H-1B cap registration, USCIS will send an email to the employer's authorized signatory and immigration counsel and will indicate on the selection notice whether the applicant was selected under the advanced-degree or regular cap.
The H-1B petition filing period begins on April 1, 2021 and will end no earlier than June 30, 2021. All FY 2022 H-1B cap petitions must be submitted during this prescribed period – USCIS will not accept late filings.