H-1B Cap Electronic Registration Implementation—Update

February 3, 2020


USCIS has announced this morning on LinkedIn the key H-1B registration dates for the upcoming 2021 fiscal year H-1B Cap season, as follows:

February 18, 2020: Representatives may begin creating myUSCIS H-1B Registration Accounts.

February 14, 2020: Employers may begin creating myUSCIS H-1B Registration Accounts.

March 1, 2020: Registration opens.

March 20, 2020: Registration closes.

April 1, 2020: Filing begins for selected petitioners ONLY.

Under the new H-1B electronic registration process, employers or their authorized representatives must electronically submit a separate registration naming each alien for whom they seek to file an H-1B cap-subject petition. Although employers can register multiple aliens during a single online submission, duplicate registrations for the same beneficiary in the same fiscal year will be discarded. Employers with selected registrations will then be eligible to file a cap-subject petition starting April 1, 2020, only for the alien named in the registration selected by USCIS.

USCIS will provide overviews of the new H-1B electronic registration process this week and next week. Dykema will provide updated information on forthcoming guidance as soon as it becomes available.

For more information about this and other immigration issues, please contact the author of this alert, James G. Aldrich, at or 248-203-0583.

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