H1B 2021 Cap Count Updates News and Info

H1B Visa 2021 Cap Updates – Latest News, Info

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 29 Comments

This page will track all the latest news, both official news from USCIS and unofficial updates from community for H1B Visa FY 2021 Season

Latest News Updates – Official and Unofficial (Most recent on the top)

  • May 11th, 2020 (Community Update) : Many F1 students are waiting for H1B Receipts and updates to their Cap Gap. One of our reader, SJ has updated that his cap gap status got extended to Sep 30th, 2020 and was able to check the cap gap in his SEVP Portal. Thanks to SJ for sharing. SJ’s H1B petition was received by USCIS on April 15th and the status got update on April 29th and waiting for physical receipt notice. Below is a screenshot for your reference.
USCIS STEM OPT Update Cap Gap in SEVIS Portal FY 2021
  • May 8th, 2020 (Community Update) : Couple of our readers updated on the blog that they have received H1B Receipt Notice file for FY 2021. See below screenshots.
Second User Update H1B Receipt Notice Received
User Update H1B Receipt Notice Received
H1B Visa Registration Selection Notice Summary
  • March 28th, 2020 ( Official ): USCIS updated that the H1B Lottery for Registrations is completed and employers would see results in the online portal by March 31st, 2020. Read full details at H1B Registration Lottery Completed
  • March 16th, 2020 ( Official ) : USCIS confirmed that premium processing is not available from April 1st for FY 2021. For full details read H1B Premium Processing FY 2021 Updates
  • Feb 21st, 2020  ( Official ): USCIS again confirmed the filing dates for registration and the submission dates for registration in a press release. It is same as before and nothing has changed. The above article covers the same dates and info. You can read USCIS press release

Key Dates for H1B FY 2021 Season

  • 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

H1B 2021 Registration, Case Tracker

Did you submit H1B Registration for FY 2021 or filed petition for FY 2021.   In general, the registration process is new and also during H1B application processing, the wait can be long and frustrating to see your status not move….You would be curious to know others status…so, to have a general view on the statuses movement for entire community, we have put together a tracker along with good graphs for analysis. It is completely anonymous as we do not capture your case number or any personal information. It is community contributed data, the more you add, the better for everyone, including  You !

Track your H1B Registration, Case

Anonymously Track your H1B Registration, Case - Share and Get updated from Community.

Reference Articles related to H1B visa 2021 season :

H1B Visa 2021 Cap Count updates Tracking Table:

USCIS Update DateRegular H1B Cap (65,000)Advanced Degree Cap (20,000)Analysis and Cap Count Update Article.
April 1, 202065,00020,000275K Registrations Received
Remaining H1B Cap0  0

Common FAQs

Will there be second round of H1B Lottery for FY 2021 ?

No one knows at this point. We only can tell after June 30th, if USCIS will announced anything, based on the number of petitions received by them.

Can I transfer H1B Registration to other employer and file with them ?

No, you cannot transfer.

My Registration Status is Submitted, does that mean I am rejected ?

Well, it only means that you were not selected in first round of lottery. There maybe a second run, which no one know. If so, you may have chance. Until your status shows “Not Selected” online, you are not officially rejected for FY 2021.

How long do I have to wait for H1B 2021 Lottery Result ?

USCIS say until end of Fiscal year and the context is missing, if they mean end of current fiscal year or end of USCIS fiscal year…either case, we do not know until USCIS updates us. All we can do is wait.

   

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Comments ( 29 )

  1. Rara

    Hi Kumar,

    My updates are below. I am subject to cap.

    Filed Date : May 12
    Received Date : May 13
    Notice Date : May 14
    Received notice in mail: May 19

    My EAD ends in July. Do i need to take any action to get cap gap or is it automatic? On SEVP i do see my ‘Active Post Completion” Date as 30 Sep 2020.

    Whom should i ask for a document to get cap gap document? University or employer?

  2. Sneha

    My h1 was selected this year but my EAD expired on April 30th .. I applied for cap gap using the i797c selection notice ..and I received cap gap till June 1st .. my employer says they are still waiting to file it.(Reason was covid).

    Also my DSO said extensions are automatic and once my petition is approved or filed the cap gap extension will be extended till September 30th and I will be allowed to work

    BUT,

    1.Am I allowed to work after June 1st as the cap gap was till June 1st?
    2. What proof should I give if my employer asks for i9 after June 1st.
    3. Will persuading my employer to file it before June 1st make sense? Or not worth the effort.
    4.Employer claims uscis is accepting petitions untill July 1st and they want to file it slowly but again comes the question what to do after June 1st? Will I still be in legal status to work?

    Does timely filing of H1 still apply here if it’s filed before my cap gap till June 1st end or it doesn’t matter at all?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Sneha,
      1. You are allowed only, if your employer files H1B petition and in most cases, you should get a receipt notice unless some exceptions.
      2. Receipt notice. New I-20 updated with cap gap given by DSO.
      3. You should ask them to file it immediately…you may not be able to work, if not…
      4. Yes, your legal status would be at risk. Until you file H1B petition, you are not considered eligible for cap gap. Check SEVIS, SEVP, Cap Gap Dates, info
      Filing and getting receipt before June 1st is critical…

  3. Kiiki

    Hi Kumar, Please correct me if I’m wrong, is there a difference between getting the Petition receipt and getting an approval? I got my receipt and my update from the legal team is “H-1B petition accepted in the lottery. Receipt notice received. Awaiting adjudication.” Your guidance will be appreciated.

    Kind regards,

    1. Fedotov

      Hey, looks like both our firms are using BAL for legal purposes, haha.

      I am not Kumar but happy to answer. Receipt is not an approval. Receipt means that USCIS have received your petition and should have started working on it. So basically it’s a confirmation that your documents are now with USCIS and now they are going to review everything and make a final decision – hopefully, an approval.

  4. Hopeful

    Hi Kumar,
    My case was selected last year and its still in old status ( My case was Received ) , Its regular. Please advise

  5. max092012

    My H1B case got approved . Initially it was at VSC however my case got transferred to another office on April 29th 2020 and on May 14th 2020 it got approved.

      1. max092012

        Thank you! Yes I never expected this . My company had filed my petition on 6th april 2020 and on 27th april I received receipt notice. On 29th april my case was transferred to another office . On 14th May my case was approved. Hope this timeline helps!!

  6. Aspirant

    That’s great news. Congrats on the approval. This gives hope for lot of folks who are very anxious about what happens next.

    1. Aspirant

      That’s great news. Congrats on the approval. This gives hope for lot of folks who are very anxious about what happens next.

    2. Fedotov

      Awesome news! Congratulations!
      Did you have any delays/USCIS errors in your receipts along the way, or it went smoothly?

      1. Paula

        Not that I know about. I never got the receipt notice, but maybe the lawyer never forwarded it to me. I’m waiting on the physical approval notice, all I have is the email USCIS sent the lawyer notifying that my petition is approved.

    3. CaptainSpark

      Hi Paula, congrats on the news. Just to check you were picked up in 2021 H1B lottery right that comes into effect on 1st October. And you are approved already , that is great news. I thought people were just seeing receipts coming in and that too at a minimal speed.

  7. Fedotov

    Hi Kumar!

    I have received the H4 receipt notices for my dependents, dated May 5th, although my company’s attorney haven’t received my receipt notice yet. My SEVIS case is still not automatically updated, as per my DSO (I can’t access the SEVP portal for some reason).
    Can I count it as good news or does it mean something is wrong with my case?
    Case processing center – Vermont

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Fedotov,
      As they were filed together, it should be fine. It is very likely that there could be some mail issues. If there was something wrong with H1B, you would not get H4 Receipt notice in the first place right ? Hope you get it soon, nothing to panic. Do update here.

      1. Fedotov

        Hi Kumar, my attorney has received the receipt notice today, from Vermont service center! It contains the same error in the petitioner field as the one mentioned in the post, it’s authorized signatory’s name instead of the company’s name. The law firm mentioned they have contacted USCIS and flagged this error to them.
        Fingers crossed and hope USCIS won’t mess my case up!

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Fedotov,
          It seems the issue is with the USCIS system, it happened with other user too. Do not worry, if it is their error, they will fix it.

          1. Fedotov

            Thanks a lot! Error fixed, my USCIS case status shows “your name was changed”, which is a good sign. Still no updates on the SEVIS/I-20 extension though… Good news is that the employer was happy to re-verify my I-9 for the cap-gap without the I-20, just with the expired EAD and the H1B receipt number. Hope it helps other cap-gap folks here who are going through this uncertainty.

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