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USCIS Announces H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

March 27, 2020

On Friday, March 27, USCIS announced it had received enough H-1B electronic registrations to satisfy the FY21 H-1B allocations (the H-1B cap). USCIS will now notify the petitioners with selected registrations by March 31, 2020. Selected registrants are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.

From the notice from USCIS, registrants’ online accounts will now show one of the following statuses for each registration (that is, for each beneficiary registered):

  • Submitted: A registration status may continue to show “Submitted” after the initial selection process has been completed. “Submitted” registrations will remain in consideration for selection until the end of the fiscal year, at which point all registration statuses will be Selected, Not Selected, or Denied.
  • Selected: Selected to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition.
  • Denied: A duplicate registration was submitted by the same registrant for the same beneficiary, or a payment method was declined and not reconciled. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations you submitted for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.

Only petitioners with selected registrations may file H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2021, and only for the beneficiary in the applicable selected registration notice.