USCIS in their stakeholder call provided guidance for the upcoming H1B Visa 2021 season’s implementation of H1B registration rule’s process, where they shared lot of updates on H1B Registration Tool, Dates, Payments and other topics for the fiscal year 2021 season. They also clarified many common FAQs in the call. Also, our users asked many questions on the upcoming registration Process, we have compiled all of them in this article, will continue to update as new FAQs come in.
Before we get into the FAQs, below are the key dates that you need to be aware of for H1B registration process for FY 2021.
Important Dates for H1B Registration Process for FY 2021
- February 24th, 10 AM, EST, 2020 : Employers can create H1B registrant accounts
- March 1st, Noon EST, 2020 : Employer can start to submit H1B Registrations
- March 20th , Noon EST, 2020 : H1B Registration period ends.
- March 31st, 2020 : H1B Lottery/ Selection Results Deadline (can come before).
- April 1st, 2020 : USCIS accepts H1B petition with LCA, full info for FY 2021
- June 30th, 2020 : 90 Days deadline ends for filing of H1B petitions for FY 2021
Common FAQs for FY 2021 H1B Registration Process
No, there is no need to have approved LCA for the H1B registration process. You only need to fill basic information of the application. You will need to submit that with actual petition, if you get selected in the registration process.
Yes, same applicant or beneficiary can be registered by completely different multiple companies, as long as they are not related in any way. For example, two employers like Microsoft and Google can submit H1B registration for the same candidate or beneficiary. But, two related employers like two vendor companies or subsidiaries cannot submit multiple registrations for the same beneficiary that are tied to the same job role.
No need to have the actual degree in hand or completed during H1B registration period. If they can demonstrate and submit the Master’s degree supporting documentation during submission of the full H1B application with USCIS, it will be fine.
USCIS Plans to complete registrations process and announce results for H1B Visa Lottery it no later than March 31st. They will keep the registrations in submitted status until they believe that they have received enough registration for FY 2021 season…meaning, users may see the status ‘submitted’ even after March 31st, until USCIS decides that they have got enough petitions. USCIS has not published this final date yet. They will very likely announce as press release.
No. you will need to create a new H1B registrant account by selecting the option of “I am an H1-B registrant”, during the sign-up process.
USCIS will share these details closer to the submission of the application. At this point, no update on this.
No, it will not affect others in the same batch. Only the duplicate entries will be impacted. They will be denied.
USCIS will go back to paper processing, if any disaster happens with the current process as backup option.
Yes, as long as they have separate EIN numbers. If separate EIN number, then you would have separate accounts for those.
No, related entities cannot file the same beneficiary for the same job. They will be caught during the H1B application submission process.
Transfer of registrant account is not something at this point. That account is owned and used by only the authorized signatory and multiple contact info cannot be used. This is a future enhancement that USCIS can do.
No, there is no appeals process for mistakes or errors.
No, registrants cannot see others information or total info on the registrations done.
As per the choice picked by the registrant like SMS or email. Once they open, they will be able to see the registration selection info in the account and can print the selected notice.
The employers have to file at the service center that is on the H1B Selection Notice and within the time frame of the filing. You can download the selection notice from the H1B registration Portal.
No, there will not be any paper notice. It will through the tool and electronic only.
Employer or H1B sponsor need the below details of beneficiary / applicant :
• Legal Name (First, Middle and Last name)
• Option related to US Master’s Quota Eligibility
• Date of Birth
• Country of Birth
• Country of Citizenship
• Passport Number ( If no passport, there is an option to check a box)
No, there is no such option for H1B transfer during H1B registration. Only your employer who submitted H1B registration can submit your H1B petition with USCIS, if selected in registration process.
No, there is not restriction as such for travel during the H1B registration period. It will not impact lottery chances. But, if you plan to file as Change of Status, you should be back in US by April 1st or before your actual H1B application is filed with USCIS.
No, the H1B registration process has to be done by employer or their immigration attorney, who represents their company.
$10 USD per H1B registration or beneficiary. Example, if employer submits 100 registrations, then it will be $1000 USD fee that employer need to pay.
Pay with checking or Savings Account (ACH) or You can pay with Debit or Credit Card. Payment is handled by Pay.gov website and not USCIS.
No, H1B registrations are submitted by Employers or their attorney. They only have access to the system. You need to work with them to get the H1B registrations results / H1B lottery results.
No, there is no need to provide any details of OPT or STEM OPT in registration process. Only you need to select, if you qualify for US Masters quota or not during registration.
No, the H1B registrant account by itself is free. The employer only pays for the number of H1B registrations they submit during the registration window.
No, there is no concept of withdrawing of selected H1B Registrations. If you are selected, you are supposed to file H1B petition for the same. If allowed, many will abuse the system and do fraud. See below FAQ, it has screenshot of the mandatory filing.
Yes, it is mandatory to file. In the initial ruling, they did not clarify it. But, now when you submit H1B registration in the Tool, you need to check a box and sign telling that you will file H1B petition. See below screenshot. You are signing it under ‘Penalty of Perjury’, which means, if you violate it, you can be fined, or imprisoned for up to 5 years, or both..
No, USCIS will accept H1B registrations for the entire 20 days from March 1st through March 20th. They will NOT close registrations, even if they get more than 85,000 registrations on day 1 or day 2.
No, there is no need to submit any client or employment related info like LCA or job role, etc. Only basic info of the applicant is required.
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