H-1B Lottery Registration Opens March 9

March 08, 2021

There are only 65,000 available each year with an additional 20,000 allotted to foreign nationals with U.S. earned master degrees. In recent years, there have been well more than 200,000 H-1B petitions filed, causing USCIS to conduct a lottery to determine which cases would be accepted for processing.

Following the new process implemented last year, USCIS will be using an electronic registration system to administer the H-1B lottery. Here’s some important information about the upcoming lottery::

  • Benefit to employers: Employers no longer need to submit complete H-1B packets to be considered in the H-1B lottery, thereby substantially reducing legal fees employers would incur for cases that do not get through the lottery.
  • Fee: Employers are required to pay $10 for each registration. Payments can be made via Pay.gov using a bank account, credit card or debit card.
  • Registration Period: March 9 to March 25.
  • Notification: USCIS intends to notify registrants if they have been selected in the lottery no later than March 31, 2021.
  • Filing Period: For cases selected in the lottery, employers will have 90 days to file their H-1B petitions from the date they are notified of their selection.
  • Information Required for Electronic Registration: The following information will be required:
    • Employer Information: legal name of petitioning company or organization; DBAs; FEIN; Primary U.S. office address; Authorized signatory legal name, job title and contact information (daytime phone number and e-mail address)
    • Beneficiary Information: Legal name, gender, DOB, country of birth, country of citizenship, passport number, and whether Beneficiary has a master or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education
  • Information Required on Offered Position: No information about the actual offered position is required in order to register.
  • Wait list: There will be a wait list for registrations that are not selected in the lottery. If more registrants are needed to meet the regular cap and/or advanced degree exemption, USCIS will select from the wait list (or reopen the registration if needed). Last year, USCIS conducted a second round of selections in August, so many employers whose registrations were not initially selected in March were still able to submit their H-1B petitions.

The H-1B visa allows employers to hire foreign nationals with, at a minimum, a bachelor degree in a specific specialty who will be filing a position that requires at least bachelor degree in that specific specialty.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions regarding H-1B visas or any other U.S. immigration matters.