As many of you know for FY 2021 season, we have H1B Registration process and USCIS announced that Registration Selection Process for FY 2021 was Completed in March 2020. Many of you, who are H1B applicants, are wondering, how would you know the results, if you were selected in the H1B Visa Lottery in the first round or in later selection rounds. In this article, we will cover all those details, including notification process, FAQs.
If you are new to H1B Visa process, read H1 Visa 2021 – Registration, Fee, Lottery, FAQs
H1B Registration Results – Notification process by USCIS
All the registrations for the H1B applicants are submitted in the online H1B Registration Tool by the employer or attorney. The Registration Selection results would also be available in the same online portal. Also, USCIS sends out an email notifying that there has been a change in the status of the registration/ case. It will not be specific email saying registrations, rather a general notification. It will have subject like “We have taken an action on your case”. It looks like in adjacent image.
Once you login to the H1B registration tool as attorney or employer, you would see the status “Selection updated” next to the case that says H1-B Registration. You can click on View Case Status to see the case status. Also, if you are logged in as attorney and submitted for multiple companies, you can see all of the companies alerts on this screen. See below screenshot on how it looks. Usually the notification is sent to both attorney and the employer and it will be one email for all the registrations. Alternatively, employer can login and check as well.
Once you click on View All Cases button or directly click view case status, you would see status of the cases. If you see “selected”, it means that you were selected in the H1B Lottery or registration random selection process. It looks like in below screenshot. For those not selected, you would see the status as “Submitted”.
You can print the H1B registration Notification Notice by clicking on the View Notice link and it will have the I-797 form. You can check Sample H1B Registration Selection Notice
That’s the overall process on how to check, if an applicant was selected in H1B registration process or H1B Lottery.
Who can check the H1B Registration Selection Process Results ?
Only Employer or Immigration Attorney, who have submitted the H1B registrations can check the status of the H1B registrations. You as applicant cannot really check the status on your own. You are completely reliant on the employer. This process is no different from previous years, only employer or immigration attorney would know this.
How do I know, if was selected in H1B Registration Lottery ?
You would not know directly by yourself. You need to check with your employer or attorney to know the registration lottery selection results. Even though there is a long number with 15 or so digits generated by H1B registration system for tracking, that cannot be used to check H1B Case online on USCIS website. That number is only used for lottery selection and internal tracking by USCIS. It was the similar case with previous years’ H1B Reject Notices as well, you could not track the case number on it online and verify.
Last Date for H1B 2021 Registration Results? Second Round Lottery?
August 14th, 2020 Update – Second Round Lottery : Many of our readers and many attorneys updated that they are seeing new selection notices. Also, AILA released a press note indicating that there was second round lottery done. Below are the high level details.
- The Second Round registration selected candidates would get notices that would say “August 2020 Selection of Reserve Registration”
- The filing period for second round lottery selected candidates is between “8/17/2020 – 11/16/2020“, which means they can file anywhere between August 17th and November 16th, 2020.
- You need to include your second lottery selection notice and send it to the same location that is listed on the Selection notice. The start date of the petition has to be October 1st, 2020 as this is still for FY 2021 season.
- You can watch below YouTube video update
Initial or First Round H1B Lottery Info : The last date for the FY 2021 H1B registrations for initial selection( first round) results lottery was March 31st, 2020. If you were selected in first round lottery, you would have heard back from USCIS by March 31st. If you did not hear from them by that date, then you were not picked in first round and you need to wait, you will be part of the wait list pool of registrations. There is no estimated time, when they will run the second round of selections or lottery and how USCIS will handle it. You need to wait until the status changes to “Not Selected” to be sure that you were not selected in the H1B registration selection process or h1B lottery.
What is the final date to get “Not Selected” Status or Lottery Results?
USCIS says that after the initial Registration selection process is complete, the remaining registrations “would be in ‘Submitted’ status and remain in consideration for further selection, until the end of fiscal year. After the end of fiscal year, all the registrations status would be Selected, Not Selected or Denied”. See below screenshot.
In general, the end of fiscal year for USCIS is September 30th. But, in the current context, I am not sure, if they mean September 30th or current fiscal year FY 2021 end ( meaning if they receive enough cap subject petitions and they close the fiscal year cap)…If we go by Sep 30th, that is a very long wait for many…In the past USCIS would announce H1B lottery results by end of July or early August at the latest….This is a new year, so not sure how USCIS would handle it.
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Why is USCIS Delaying their H1B Registration Results for Everyone ?
If you look at H1B cap reach dates history, you can see that they always select about 13 to 15% of more petitions in the H1B lottery to account for denials, duplicates, revokes, etc. Now, with the current new process of H1B registrations, they do not have any data on how many selected registrations would be filed or not filed. Also, the economy is not doing well too…So, in light of both of these, they are keeping the wait list pool of H1B registrations to be able to run the further selection as needed in future. This was already indicated in the rule making of the H1B Registration
What are the next steps after H1B Registration Selection ?
If you are selected, then your employer has to file a complete H1B petition with LCA, H1B Visa Filing Fee, and all details supporting the H1B visa petition and send it to USCIS anytime between April 1st and June 30th.
USCIS mentioned that the registration status would be selected until the end of fiscal year. The end of USCIS Fiscal year is Sept 30th. It is not fully clear, if USCIS meant it as Sept 30th or end of cap for fiscal year 2021. Worst case scenario, you can treat it as Sep 30th, best case scenario, it can be earlier.
No, you have no options left. You need to work with your employer or attorney to know the results of the H1B lottery or registration.
Yes, there is hope. But, it all depends on how many actual H1B petitions USCIS receives once the filing starts on April 1st.
No, you cannot really verify the H1B registration notice using the long number on it, similar to USCIS H1B case number.