The electronic registration process for H-1B cap-subject petitions will open on March 1, 2022 and end on March 20, 2022. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will utilize a random lottery process to select 85,000 petitions for the H-1B cap (65,000 for the general category and 20,000 for the U.S. advanced degree category). Applicants selected in the random lottery will be notified by March 31 and will have until June 30 to submit the H-1B petition for the beneficiary named in the registration. In previous years, USCIS has conducted second and third rounds of the lottery to meet the H-1B cap.
Varnum immigration attorneys have begun to collect information to be prepared for the March registration period. Employers with employees on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or candidates needing cap-subject H-1Bs should contact us by mid-February for assistance with registration.