After the announcement of several rules that would drastically change the H-1B lottery process, and their subsequent postponements, USCIS has announced that the initial registration period for cap-subject H-1Bs is set to open on March 9, 2021 and will run through March 25, 2021. During that time, prospective employers are able to register prospective H-1B employees for this “lottery,” and an announcement on who has been selected will be made on March 31, 2021. This will allow those selected to file petitions beginning on April 1, 2021.
Good news along with this – the registration process will be much the same as it was last year, and the few rules that would drastically change the process and the program, such as selection based on wage levels or the increase in wages that must be paid, have been postponed and will not affect this year’s registration period. While the number of registrations is likely to be far above the number of available H-1B visas, meaning not everyone who registers will be selected, the fact that these new rules are not in effect is certainly a win for employers.
If you’d like assistance with registering your potential H-1B employees, or would like more information about the H-1B process, please contact our office.
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