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Key Points

  • Initial registration for the FY 2023 H-1B cap season will open at 12:00 pm EST on March 1, 2022
  • Registration will end on March 18, 2022, at 12:00 pm EST
  • Petitioners will be notified through their online account if their petition was selected
  • Prospective petitioners or representatives must create a myUSCIS online account to submit a petition
  • Each petitioner must have a separate account
  • A $10 registration fee is required for each beneficiary
  • Only individuals whose petition was selected during the initial registration may submit a complete H-1B petition
  • Individuals will be notified by March 31, 2022, if their registrations were selected


The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the initial registration period for FY 2023 H-1B cap season will begin at 12:00 pm EST on March 1, 2022, and end at 12:00 pm EST March 18, 2022.

What are the Changes?

As with the past several years, USCIS will use its electronic registration system for accepting H-1B cap-subject petitions. USCIS will provide a confirmation number for every individual registration that it receives for the FY 2023 H-1B cap season. The confirmation number is used for tracking registrations only. It cannot be used to track the registrant’s case status.

To submit a petition, prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives must use a myUSCIS online account. A separate account is required for each beneficiary, and a $10 H-1B registration fee is required for every registration submitted per beneficiary.

Registrants may start to create accounts at 12:00 pm EST on February 21, 2022. Even though accounts can be made before registration opens, registrants and representatives must wait until March 1, 2022, to submit the registration along with the registration fee and provide beneficiary information. Petitioners and representatives may submit registrations for more than one beneficiary in a single online session, but only one registration may be provided for each individual beneficiary. The myUSCIS account allows representatives and beneficiaries to prepare, edit, and store draft versions of their registrations before making the final payment and submitting the registration. H-1B cap-subject petitions may only be filed by petitioners whose registration was selected in the H-1B registration process.

Looking Ahead

If USCIS receives enough registrations by March 18, 2022, it will use a random selection process to select registrations. Petitioners whose registrations are selected will receive notifications through their myUSCIS online accounts. USCIS aims to notify petitioners whose registrations are selected by March 31, 2022.

Source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services

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