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Key Points

  • USCIS is conducting the third round of random selections for previously submitted H-1B cap registrations
  • The filing period starts on November 22, 2021, and runs through February 23, 2022
  • USCIS will include advanced degree exemptions in its selection
  • Individuals whose registrations are selected will receive a notification on their corporate myUSCIS accounts
  • Petitions must be filed on paper at the correct service center
  • A copy of the selection notice must be included with the petition


US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it is conducting a third random lottery selection system to reach its fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B allocations. The upcoming random selection will also include advanced degree exemptions.

What are the Changes?

On November 19, 2021, USCIS selected petitions from a pool of previously submitted registrations. This year, the agency used a random selection process to choose registrations, as it has done twice already. The filing period for petitions will start on November 22, 2021, and end on February 23, 2022.

USCIS has conducted two random selections so far this year. The first random selection was completed in March 2021. Selected registrants for FY 2022 were allowed to file their petitions from April 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021. The second random selection process was initiated in July 2021. Petitioners with selected registrations could file their H-1B petitions from April 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

Looking Ahead

Individuals whose registrations were selected will receive a selection notice on their company myUSCIS accounts. The selection notice will provide information on where applications should be filed, along with the proper location. Cap-subject H-1B petitions must be filed at the appropriate service center, and they must be filed within the timeframe noted on the registration selection notice. H-1B petitions are not eligible for online filing. Petitioners must file their H-1B petitions on paper. Additionally, they must print a copy of their selection notice and include it with their cap-subject FY 2022 H-1B petition.

Additional information will be provided as available.

Source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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