H-1B

H-1B Registration Process: How to avoid some common mistakes?

Published On
Mar 13, 2021
Read Time
3 Minutes
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OnBlick Inc

The number of skilled immigrants that petition for the highly sought-after H-1B visa has been increasing each year. As you must be aware, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has an initial electronic registration process for filing the H-1B cap-subject petitions. Since there’s a cap on the number of H-1B visas issued, USCIS conducts an annual lottery to select the petitions after the initial registration period closes.

This blog is about the H-1B registrations and the common mistakes made in the process. You’re also offered some tips that will help avoid these mistakes and thereby increase the chances of your H-1B approval.

H-1B Registration System

The H-1B visa registration process for the FY-2022 began on March 9, 2021.  The registration involves submitting the beneficiary’s information along with a non-refundable fee of $10. On March 25, 2021, at 12 noon EST, the H-1B registration submission window will close, and no more registrations will be accepted.

After this period, USCIS will conduct the random lottery from the submitted petitions to select 65,000 from the regular cap and 20,000 from the master’s cap. No later than March 31st 2021, the statuses of the registrations will be changed to reflect the ones that are selected. The lottery winners will then have to file petitions and have them approved to obtain the H-1B visa. If you’re selected, the earliest that you can file your H-1B petition is the first day of April 2021.

Note: It is the petitioner (and not the beneficiary) who should pay the $10 registration fees.

Registration Selection Notifications

USCIS will notify the registrants and their representatives with selected registrations via their USCIS online accounts on or before March 31, 2021. A registrant’s myUSCIS account will show one of the following statuses for each registration:

Note: If your status reads Invalidated-Failed Payment, it means that the registration was submitted but the payment method was declined, not reconciled, or otherwise invalid.

Tips to Avoid Some Common Mistakes

You could go wrong with several things in the registration process, especially if you’re registering for the first time. Here are some of the common mistakes, avoiding which you can make sure that you have better chances of approval:

In the first year of implementing the electronic registration process, USCIS found out that the top two user errors were creating the wrong type of account; and entering the same beneficiary more than once.

  1. Applicant/petitioner/requestor account – Individuals use this type of account to prepare and file applications, petitions, or other benefit requests. You cannot use this account type to prepare or submit H-1B registrations.
  2. Attorney/representative account – If you are an attorney or accredited representative submitting H-1B registrations on behalf of a prospective petitioner, select this option. You will also be able to submit Form G-28, Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative.
  3. Registrant account – This is the account that a prospective petitioner must create to participate in the H-1B registration process, regardless of whether the prospective petitioner will be using an attorney or accredited representative to submit the registration.

How does Immigration Compliance Software help?

In addition to timely filing, compliance with the relevant H-1B requirements is crucial to ensure that a petition selected in the lottery does not get rejected or denied. Hiring an attorney could be a costly choice. This is where compliance software comes into the picture. An Immigration Compliance Software like OnBlick, that has a built-in Immigration Case Management system, helps employers in the document collection, online filing of Form I-129, and creation of an H-1B petition. OnBlick becomes an all-in-one immigration case management platform to initiate, track, and manage all your H-1B petitions. This H-1B cap FY 2022, integrate with OnBlick, and stand a better chance of getting your H-1B petition approved.

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