U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Thursday that it would extend the H-1B cap registration period to Monday.

Key Points:

  • Registration was previously set to end at noon ET on Friday, March 22. It has been extended through noon ET on Monday, March 25.
  • In announcing the extension, USCIS said the agency “is aware of a temporary system outage experienced by some registrants and is extending the registration period to provide additional time due to this issue.”
  • During the registration period, petitioners can use their online USCIS accounts to register beneficiaries electronically. Following registration, USCIS conducts a lottery to determine which registrations will be eligible for H-1B petition filing beginning April 1.
  • USCIS stated that it still intends to notify registrants selected in the lottery by March 31.

BAL Analysis: The extended registration deadline will provide more time to those affected by technical problems to complete registration. BAL encourages employers to work closely with their BAL team during H-1B registration and throughout cap season.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group.

Copyright © 2024 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact copyright@bal.com.