This year’s H-1B electronic registration period will close at noon ET this Friday, March 17.

Key Points:

  • Petitioners for cap-subject H-1B visas must submit an electronic registration during the registration period 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 March 17 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.
  • Petitioners whose registrations are selected in the lottery will be invited to file full H-1B petitions beginning April 1.

Additional Information: This will be the fourth cap season in which USCIS is using the H-1B electronic registration system. USCIS received a record 483,927 registrations last year for a total of 85,000 H-1B visas, 20,000 of which are set aside for individuals with an advanced degree from a U.S. university. High demand for H-1B visas is widely expected again this year. BAL will provide more information as it becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group. For additional information, please contact

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