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USCIS Completes Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Selection Process

March 30, 2021

On Tuesday, March 30, USCIS announced it had received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B allocations (H-1B cap) including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). The random selection window ran from March 25 – March 30, and all prospective petitioners with selected registrations have been notified that they are now eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition.

Registrants’ online accounts will now show one of the following statuses for each beneficiary registered:

  • Submitted: The registration has been submitted and is eligible for selection. If the initial selection process has been completed, this registration remains eligible, unless subsequently invalidated, for selection in any subsequent selections for the fiscal year for which it was submitted.
  • Selected: Selected to file an H-1B cap petition.
  • Denied: Multiple registrations were submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for the same beneficiary. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.
  • Invalidated-Failed Payment: A registration was submitted but the payment method was declined, not reconciled, or otherwise invalid.

Filing for selected H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2022 may begin on Thursday, April 1, 2021.