U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services opened the 90-day filing period for cap-subject H-1B petitions today. The agency completed the H-1B registration lottery earlier this week.

Key Points:

  • Petitioners can begin filing H-1B cap-subject petitions today for registrations that were selected in the lottery. These registrations will show a status of “selected” in the registrant’s MyUSCIS account.
  • A status of “submitted” means the registration was not selected in the initial lottery but remains eligible if USCIS makes subsequent selections for the 2022 fiscal year.
  • For more information, visit USCIS’ H-1B Cap Season page.

BAL Analysis: Companies are reminded that while the filing period will remain open for 90 days, they should prioritize time-sensitive candidates such as F-1 students on cap-gap and others whose status may expire soon. Premium Processing is available for an additional fee, and employers may wish to consult with BAL about this option. BAL continues to monitor H-1B cap season and will provide updates as information becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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