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Key Points 
  • USCIS has received enough initial H-1B electronic registrations to reach the FY 2022 cap
  • Registrants’ online accounts have been updated to show the status of their registrations
  • Registrants whose accounts say “Selected” can file a full H-1B cap-subject petition for the underlying beneficiary.
  • Petitioners can file a full FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petition for selected beneficiaries, starting April 1, 2021 with the filing period running through June 30, 2021.
  • Additional information is available through the USCIS website
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received enough initial electronic registrations to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap, which also includes the master’s cap.
What are the Changes? 
USCIS has updated registrants’ online accounts to show the status of their registration. The agency has notified selected petitioners that they may file an H-1B cap-subjection petition. Registrants whose accounts have a status of “Selected” may file a full H-1B cap petition for FY 2022.
Accounts that have a status of “submitted” when the initial selection process ends are still eligible for selection if additional selection periods open up throughout the fiscal year. However, they are only eligible for selection in the same fiscal year that they were submitted.
What Should Employers and Applicants Know? 
Selected registrants may file full FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions starting on April 1, 2021. Only petitioners whose registrations were selected can file an H-1B cap-subject petition for FY 2022. Petitions may only be filed for the beneficiary named in the selection notice.
Looking Ahead 
Employers and petitioners may visit the USCIS H-1B Electronic Registration Process page for further information.
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