to Register the H1B
Cap Filing and H1B Visa Application?
I am F-1 student on Optional Practical Training (OPT), my current employer will file H1B for me. How to register the H1B cap filing?
For H1B cap filing, USCIS will use the electronic registration system, which was first implemented in March 2020. During a registration period designated by the USCIS, the employer should submit a separate electronic registration, along with a registration fee, for each cap-subject H1B candidate the employer seeks to sponsor for the next year. The registration period will be run from March 9th through March 25.
At the end of the initial registration period, assuming the USCIS determines that it has received more registrations than needed to reach the regular cap and the master’s cap, the USCIS will conduct a random lottery from among all the registrations, and then a second lottery for the remaining registrations that are eligible for the master’s cap.
By March 31, the USCIS will notify the petitioner for each selected registration that they may file an H1B petition on behalf of the emplbeneficiary listed in the registration. The notice will provide the petitioner with a 90-day filing window to submit the petition. For registrations selected during the initial registration period, the 90-day filing period is expected to start April 1.
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