It is official. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced this start March 1, 2020 through March 20, 2020The Agency will implement a mandatory Internet-based electronic registration procedure for US employers wishing to submit H-1B petitions to employees subject to either the 65,000 or 20,000 annual restrictions for the 2021 financial year.
All H-1B petitioners wishing to petition for the 2021 fiscal year must complete the mandatory registration process by electronically registering online online from March 1, 2020 through March 20, 2020, and paying the equivalent of $ 10 for the US $ 20,000 H-1B registration fee pay.
Upon registration, the petitioners of H-1B or their authorized representatives must provide basic information about the company and each worker requested. As we approach the first registration period, USCIS will provide step-by-step instructions on its website to inform petitioners about completing the registration process. These instructions will be posted on our blog as they become available.
Please note that only petitioners with selected registrations are eligible to submit a petition on H-1B. If USCIS receives submissions that exceed the 65,000 / 20,000 annual number limits during the authorized registration period, USCIS will use electronic submissions to complete the randomized computer-generated H-1B lottery.
How is this process different than before?
So far, H-1B petitioners did not have to submit an electronic registration to file a petition on H-1B. Employers who would like to submit a petition on H-1B would instead submit their petitions to USCIS from 1 Aprilst every fiscal year. After USCIS received enough documentation for the fiscal year to reach the cap, USCIS selected appropriate petitions through a randomized computer-generated lottery process. Once this lottery was completed, USCIS would notify selected petitioners. Unselected petitions will be rejected and returned to the sender.
From the financial year 2021, the petitioner's petition will no longer be submitted in paper form on 1 Aprilst be entered in the H-1B lottery. Instead, the petitioners must complete the electronic registration process and wait until they are informed of their selection. Only selected petitioners will be allowed to submit an H-1B Petition starting in the financial year 2021.
According to USCIS, "By streamlining the selection process for the H-1B cap with a new electronic registration system, USCIS will achieve cost savings and efficiency gains for petitioners and the agency, as only selected individuals are now required to file a full petition. The Agency has completed a successful pilot phase of testing with industry representatives and the implementation of the registration system will further advance the goal of modernizing the USCIS from a paper-based to an online submission agency. "
What happens if USCIS does not get enough registrations to reach the cap?
Although it is unlikely that if USCIS does not receive enough electronic registrations to reach the H-1B limit, it will "continue to accept registrations or open an additional registration period" if necessary "if it does not receive enough registrations, and Subsequent petitions should reach the numerical assignments. "
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