Yet another H-1B visa cap season is here! The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would open the initial registration period for the Fiscal Year 2023 H-1B cap on March 1, 2022, and run through March 18, 2022. Intended petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using the agency’s online H-1B registration system.
It is the third H-1B cap season since the USCIS implemented the electronic registration system. Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the FY 2023 cap, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must electronically register on myUSCIS.gov and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee.
Prospective petitioners submitting their own registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, collectively known as “registrants”) will use a “registrant” account. Registrants will be able to create new accounts beginning at noon Eastern on February 21. The registration process requires only basic information about the company and each requested worker. The H-1B random selection process will then be run. Employers must remember that they can submit only one entry per H-1B employee. Only those with selected registrations will be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. The agency would notify account holders about the selections by March 31. However, certain employers and positions are exempt from the cap, such as non-profit institutions of higher education and their non-profit affiliates.
Read how to avoid some common mistakes in the registration process here.
Despite the electronic registration system being simple, employers should analyze each H-1B case to ensure it is ultimately approvable.
Before the registration begins, you may:
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