We shared on March 27th, 2021 that H1B 2022 Registration Lottery results are out as many of our users shared their selection notices from H1B Lottery. In fact, we did not receive any official confirmation from USCIS on the H1B Lottery on March 27th or even day after. Today, March 30th, 2021, USCIS released a press note in the morning indicating that the initial H1B Registration selection process for the H1B 2022 season is complete. In this article, we will review the details of it, what it means and FAQs they have addressed in the same.
Summary of USCIS News on H1B 2022 Initial Registration Lottery Results
Below is the summary of the key topics that are addressed in the press release by USCIS released today regarding H1B Visa 2022 season registrations selections.
USCIS Received enough H1B Registrations, Lottery
- USCIS has received enough H1B registrations for the fiscal year 2022 to reach the annual H1B numerical cap of 85,000. They received enough petitions for both Regular Cap (65,000) & US Masters Cap (20,000).
- USCIS has conducted random selection, popularly called as H1B Visa Lottery to select the properly submitted H1B registration to meet the annual cap of 85K
All H1B Employers or Attorneys are Notified
All the H1B Employers or Attorneys who submitted the H1B registrations in the Online H1B Registration Tool are notified regarding the selected H1B registrations that they submitted. Basically, this means that your employer or attorney would have already been notified by now regarding your H1B registration selection status. No need to wait anymore, you can ask your employer or attorney to check the online H1B registration system.
Registrants account would show updated Statuses
USCIS says that the H1B employers accounts will have statuses updated for selected applicants and other relevant statuses depending on the registration. The statuses listed are same as before and nothing has changed. Below are the details on status and what that status means for H1B applicant.
- Selected : If the registration was picked in lottery, it would show “Selected” status. Applicants with such status are eligible to file H1B petitions with USCIS.
- Submitted : If the H1B registration was not picked in first round of lottery and still eligible to be in waitlist for second round lottery, their status would show as “Submitted”
- Denied : If the H1B registration was considered as duplicate as multiple registrations were filed for the same applicant by that employer, then all such registrations for the applicant would show status as “Denied”. This means that the applicant with this status does not have any option for FY 2022 season as their entry was denied.
- Invalidated-Failed Payment: The registration would show this status, if the payment method used did not work and it was declined. Even in this case, the applicant lost the opportunity and cannot file H1B for this fiscal year.
H1B Petition Filing Window – April 1st to June 30th
USCIS also says that H1B petitions can be filed on behalf of the selected applicants in H1B lottery starting from April 1st, 2021. USCIS gives 90 days window to file the H1B petition and they can file until June 30th, 2021. If you miss the deadline, you miss the option to file and you cannot use the registration selection anymore. Plan with your employer to file on time. This was confirmed and listed on the Sample H1B FY 2022 Notice shared by Users.
Form I-129 – Enter Beneficiary Confirmation Number
Also, when you complete Form I-129, which is usually done by H1B employer or Attorney, the Beneficiary confirmation Number has to be entered in Question number 5. The Beneficiary confirmation number will be on the H1B Registration Selection Notice. Also, they say employer should use the latest edition of the form that says edition 3/10/21. Starting from July 1st, 2021 they will only accept new edition of form. The new editions of the forms like I-129 form was released as part of the Public Charge Final Rule Removal earlier this year. See below screenshot on the exact question and location of edition of the form.
H1B Filing & Service Center Location, Copy of Registration Selection
H1B registration selection notice would have the service canter details and employers need to file the H1B petition at that service center location only. Online filing is not available for H1B Petition. Also, Employers need to submit printed copy of the H1B selection notice along with the H1B petition that they submit.
US Master’s Degree Eligibility, All other Documents LCA, Fee, etc.
If you are filing H1B based on US Masters degree quota, you need to submit relevant documentation like transcripts, course completion proof or degree certificate to prove that you have met the requirements for US Masters quota cap. This is a mandatory requirement to prove that you are counted towards masters cap.
All additional documents like H1B Visa LCA, H1B Filing Fee, proofs for H1B eligibility like bachelors degree certificates, experience letters, etc. that are typically required for H1B filing need to filed to make the petition complete.
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H1B Premium Processing for FY 2022
The USCIS Press release did not include any information on the USCIS Premium Processing availability for FY 2022 filings. In the past USCIS suspended premium processing option for first few months for the H1B Cap subject filings to avoid excess load. If you are new to premium processing, it is nothing but additional $2,500 fee that employers can pay to get decision on their petition within 15 days. Read H1B Regular vs Premium Processing to get more details
Total H1B FY 2022 Registrations Count
The press release also does not have any details on the total number of H1B registrations that were submitted for the FY 2022 season. Usually USCIS release these numbers, but they have not done it today…maybe they would release this at later stage… We need to wait and see. So far, we have no official numbers on the count of H1B registrations. You can check H1B 2022 Lottery Predictions for to get an idea on what we can expect in terms of numbers based on our analysis.
Overall, it is a standard press release and nothing that is different from those o previous years. We need to wait and see on the premium processing status and the total count. We will keep you posted.
What do you think of the press release ? Share your status on H1B registration ?