H-1B electronic cap registration closes at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Friday, March 20. The mandatory process requires that H-1B petitioners submit an online registration through myUSCIS.gov for each prospective H-1B candidate and pay a $10 government registration fee per registration.

Key points:

  • All companies must create an H-1B registrant account in myUSCIS before registrations can be submitted, even if a law firm will be submitting registrations on the company’s behalf.
  • H-1B registrations may be submitted until noon, EDT on Friday.
  • After the registration period closes, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will conduct a lottery on properly submitted registration and post notifications of selected registrations in the myUSCIS accounts. Those selected will be invited to file full H-1B petitions during a 90-day filing period beginning April 1.
  • USCIS has posted instructional videos and screenshots of the system on its website.

Additional information: Companies should be prepared to review and electronically sign the H-1B registrations and the Form G-28 if a law firm is submitting registrations for them. BAL clients may access all the latest updates, FAQs, news, analysis and podcasts on BAL’s H-1B Electronic Registration Resource Center.

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

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