The H-1B registration process for this year’s “lottery” (FY 2023) has been announced.
WHAT WE KNOW
- Each employer must create a myUSCIS registrant account. If more than one person within the organization is permitted to submit an H-1B registration, each person must have their own myUSCIS account.
- An employer may only submit one (1) registration per beneficiary/employee.
- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) timetable is as follows:
- The registration period will open at 12:00 pm EST on March 1, 2022 and closes at 12:00 pm EST on March 18, 2022.
- Registrations may be created as of February 21, 2022.
- USCIS aims to notify employers of which registrations were selected by March 31, 2022. It may take a day or two for the myUSCIS system to be updated.
- A $10 registration fee is required for each registration.
- An employer may submit an H-1B petition on behalf of a beneficiary/employee only if the registration is selected after the “lottery.”
- As before, the registration process requires the employer’s authorized signatory to work with our team to submit the registrations because of the two-factor authentication protocols within myUSCIS.
- In the two years since rolling out the H-1B registration process, USCIS received more than enough registrations to utilize the approximate 85,000 visas (combined regular and master caps): 274,237 for FY 2021 and 308,613 FY 2022.
- In both years, approximately 100,000 registrations were selected to reach the numerical allocations. However, as a result of unfiled H-1B registrations within the time limit of 90 days, a second round of registrations was authorized in FY 2021 and two additional selections in FY 2022.
- It is unknown whether a second or third round of selections will occur in FY 2023
H1-B Not Selected, What are your options?
If you aren’t selected, some firms offer a “benching” option in Canada for professionals in order to provide a geographically close launching platform to apply again the next fiscal year. Alternately, extending F-1 work authorization for STEM degrees working for eVerify employers is an option that may extend EAD work authorization for up to an additional two years. Please reach out for a consultation to discuss fact-specific options based upon your profile.
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