At 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 20, 2020, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) closed the newly implemented H-1B electronic registration period for all cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY2021. For more information on the H-1B registration process, please see our previous Legal Updates on the topic and subscribe to our blog The Mobile Workforce.


Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY2021 must electronically register and pay a $10 fee for each candidate they wish to sponsor for H-1B status in the annual lottery. This is a new requirement that was initially announced by USCIS on December 6, 2019.

Registration Period

The registration period closed at 12:00 p.m. EST, March 20, 2020. H-1B electronic registrations for FY2021 can no longer be submitted.

USCIS Selection Process

USCIS expects to notify employers and their attorney-representatives by March 31, 2020, of whether candidates have been selected in the lottery. Employers will be given a 90-day filing period, as indicated on the USCIS selection notice, to submit the completed H-1B cap-subject petition to USCIS for selected candidates.

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