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H-1B Electronic Registration Process & Documents

H-1B Electronic Registration Process

On 6th Dec 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) declared that it is going to implement the Electronic Registration Process for H1B Cap. Prospective candidates who are looking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including for beneficiaries qualified for the advanced degree exemption, should first electronically register and then pay the related $10 H1B registration fee for every beneficiary.

The electronic registration process will significantly streamline processing by decreasing paperwork and information exchange and will give overall cost savings to employers looking to file H1B cap-subject petitions.

Under this new procedure, Prospective registrants and their approved agents, who are looking for approval to employ H-1B workers subject to the cap, must complete a registration process that requires just fundamental information about the prospective petitioner and each requested worker. Usually, USCIS will open an initial registration period for a minimum of 14 calendar days each fiscal year. The H-1B random selection process will then be run on properly submitted electronic registrations. Just those with selected registrations will be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions.

You won't have the option to give registrant information until you create an H1B registration during the initial registration period. According to USCIS selections will occur, once the initial registration period closes, so there is no necessity to register on the day the initial registration period opens.

FY 2023 H-1B Cap Registration Process Update

The H-1B cap electronic registration process was again nicely received by users, who provided a high satisfaction score with the system for FY 2023 (4.84 out of 5). Registration was submitted by over 48,000 prospective petitioners, and around 31% of all eligible registrations requested consideration under the advanced degree exemption.

Per guidelines, USCIS considers historical information related to approvals, denials, revocations, and other significant factors to calculate the number of petitions expected to meet the H-1B cap for a given fiscal year.

In making this estimation, USCIS also considers the number of enrollments that should be chosen to get the projected number of petitions expected to meet the numerical limitations. This calculation includes historical rates of non-filing for prospective candidates whose registrations are selected yet who don't file a petition based on those selected enrollments.

For FY 2022, USCIS got 308,613 H-1B registrations and at first selected 87,500 registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2022 numerical limitations. Moreover, USCIS conducted a second selection in July 2021 of 27,717 additional registrations because of the low filing volume from the initial selection. Also, conducted the third selection in November 2021 of 16,753 extra registrations. Finally, this brought about a sum of 131,970 selected registrations for FY22.

For FY 2023, USCIS received 483,927 H-1B registrations and at first, chose 127,600 registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2023 numerical limitations. Those with selected registrations will have their updated myUSCIS accounts include a selection notice, which includes details about when and where to file.

How To Register | Registration Process Electronically

Individuals, if you want to submit an H1B registration, then first you have to create a USCIS online account.

The initial step to applying for the H-1B visa Lottery is to complete the electronic registration process. This is the link which will direct you to USCIS Sign Up page. The prospective registrant needs to create an account on the USCIS site as a 'new registrant' and must pay $10 for the registration fee.

Registrants submitting their registrations will enter their organization information as a major aspect of their first H-1B registration. Registrants working with an agent will check the organization information that the agent enters.

Representatives can create their accounts whenever they want before the end of the registration period because they will utilize a similar type of account already available to representatives. Representatives who have already a representative account may utilize that account; they no need to create another account. Unlike registrants, representatives enter data about their law office or association as part of setting up an account.

Every year, USCIS allocates 65,000 H-1B visas for high skilled workers, with an extra 20,000 for candidates with a US Masters's degree certificate. This year, the organization (USCIS) has moved to a new process where companies need to electronically register all candidates and submit petitions just for those whose applications are selected. The USCIS said this would simplify and speed up the process and achieve cost-saving for the organizations.