The H-1B electronic registration period will close at noon EDT on Thursday, March 25. Here are a few reminders for those going through the process:

  • Petitioners for cap-subject H-1B visas must submit an electronic registration by the March 25 deadline for each prospective H-1B candidate.
  • Petitioners or their representative must submit registrations via a myUSCIS online account and pay a $10 government filing fee for each registration.
  • Registrations cannot be submitted after the deadline. No priority is given to early submissions.
  • Following the registration period, USCIS will conduct a random lottery of properly submitted registrations if there are more registrations than visas available. The agency intends to send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS accounts by March 31.
  • Petitioners whose registrations are selected in the lottery will be invited to file full H-1B petitions beginning April 1.

Background: This year marks the second year that USCIS has used the H-1B electronic registration process. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services opened the registration window March 9.

BAL Analysis: Employers must be sure to submit registrations for each H-1B candidate before the deadline at noon on March 25. USCIS will continue to post information about registration on its H-1B Electronic Registration Process website. BAL continues to monitor the H-1B process 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

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