USCIS has announced the timeline for FY2022 H-1B registration. The online registration system will open on March 9, 2021. Petitioning employers need to complete the H-1B registrations and pay the registration fees between noon EST March 9, 2021 and noon EDT March 25, 2021. It should be noted that only an employer, or its attorney, can register the candidates for H-1B selection. Employee candidates cannot register themselves.
The result of the lottery is expected to be updated online on March 31st. If the candidate is selected, the employer will have at least 90 days to submit the H-1B petition.
The specific registration process for this H-1B season should be similar as last year. Petitioners must use a registrant account within myUSCIS to submit registrations. Existing registrant accounts created last year can still be used. myUSCIS has not enabled the creation of new registrant accounts for this cap season.
The current random selection process will remain in place for the upcoming H-1B cap season. The final rule which will replace the random selection process with a wage-based selection process will be delayed until December 31, 2021, so that USCIS has more time to develop and implement the modifications to the H-1B registration system.
To avoid any delay, it is important to start deciding on the candidates list and preparing information for the registration in February.