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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) opened this year’s H-1B electronic registration period at noon ET today. The registration period will close at noon ET on March 18.
Here is some of the key information for those new to the process or in need of a refresher:
Background: This will be the third cap season in which USCIS will use the H-1B electronic registration process. USCIS received 308,613 registrations last year and 274,237 the year before. In each of the last two years, USCIS has conducted more than one lottery. Whether this happens again will depend on several factors, including how many petitions are submitted from among the registrations selected in the initial draw.
BAL Analysis: Demand for H-1B visas will likely be high again this cap season. Employers are encouraged to work closely with BAL regarding which petitions should be fully prepped before the registration lottery and possible H-1B alternatives for registrations that are not selected.
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