USCIS Selects Additional FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations: What Employers and Foreign Nationals Need to Know
USCIS conducted a second lottery for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap on July 28, 2021 and has notified employers that additional registrations have been selected. Employers with selected registrations from the second lottery may file an H-1B petition for the beneficiary of a selected registration during the 90-day period running from August 2, 2021 to November 3, 2021.
USCIS conducted its initial H-1B cap lottery in March 2021, and selected employers had a 90-day window during which to file H-1B cap petitions for selected beneficiaries. The second lottery was conducted because the number of H-1B petitions ultimately submitted and approved during the initial H-1B filing period (April 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021) were not sufficient to meet the annual statutory H-1B cap. H-1B cap registrations that were not selected in the initial lottery remained in a reserve and the July lottery was conducted from this reserve. USCIS has not announced how many additional registrations were selected from the reserve.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals:
- Employers with selected registrations will see updates in their myUSCIS accounts, including a selection notice and details of when and where to file the H-1B cap petition.
- Only employers with selected registrations may file H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2022 and only for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration notice; no substitution of beneficiaries is permitted.
- An H-1B cap-subject petition for a selected registration must be properly filed at the designated service center and within the filing period(August 2, 2021 to November 3, 2021) specified on the relevant registration selection notice.
- Online filing is not available for H-1B petitions. Petitioners must file by paper and must include a printed copy of the applicable registration selection notice with the FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petition.
- Registration selection only indicates that employers are eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions; it does not signify that the petition will be approved.
- Petitioners filing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must submit evidence and establish eligibility for approval based on existing statutory and regulatory requirements.
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