By: Jacqueline Valle
As United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implements the electronic registration process for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap lottery, H-1B employers must create a new “H-1B registrant” account through the myUSCIS portal. USCIS will begin to allow H-1B employers to create an account on February 24, 2020.
On January 9, 2020, USCIS formally announced the implementation of the electronic registration process for the FY 2021 H-1B cap season. The initial H-1B registration period will begin on March 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST, and will end on March 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST. H-1B employers, or their attorneys or accredited representatives, will be required to register prospective H-1B employees electronically and pay a $10 registration fee. USCIS intends to notify registrants of their selection no later than March 31, 2020.
What to Expect
H-1B employers will go through a two-step verification process and will be required to answer additional security questions to create an online account. Employers cannot use a previously created myUSCIS account as a “Petitioner.” Instead, they must create a new “H-1B registrant” account, used solely for the purpose of H-1B registration.
The account can be used by a petitioning employer to register a prospective H-1B employee directly. Alternatively, the employer can register prospective H-1B employees through their attorney or accredited representative. Once the employer reviews and approves the H-1B registrant’s information, an electronic “handshake” is required to link the attorney’s and employer’s accounts.
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