USCIS to Accept H1-B Visa Registrations Beginning March 9, 2021

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently made an announcement that they will begin accepting registrations for the upcoming 2022 H-1B fiscal year starting on March 9, 2021 at 12 p.m. ET and ending on March 25, 2021 at 12 p.m. ET.

The H-1B visa is the most popular visa in the U.S., as it allows for companies to sponsor employees who hold a “specialty occupation” or a job that requires at least a Bachelor’s degree in a specific field. The H-1B is subject to an annual quota where only 65,000 new H-1Bs are selected per year, with an additional 20,000 reserved for U.S. Master’s degree holders.

Each year, the demand for H-1Bs generally exceeds the supply – wherein USCIS will conduct a random selection process (“the lottery”) to determine which employers will be allowed to submit a petition with USCIS.

If a registration is successfully submitted between the dates mentioned above, USCIS intends on notifying selected registrants by no later than March 31, 2021.

H-1B petitions are popular due to the wide-range of individuals that may qualify for the visa and also because H-1Bs allow for “dual intent,” which means that an individual may have the intention of working in the U.S. temporarily under the H-1B and also concurrently move forward with their lawful permanent residence process.

Beneficiaries are able to change status from other temporary visas (i.e. F-1, TN, L-1, O-1) to the H-1B or apply for an H-1B from abroad pursuant to a “Consular Notification” process.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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