Registration for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Opens in March (H-1B Lottery)
The annual electronic registration process for H-1B cap-subject petitions will open at 12 pm EST on March 1, 2023 and run through 12 pm EST on March 17, 2023. 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.
Varnum immigration attorneys have started to collect information to prepare for the March registration period. Employers with employees on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or candidates requiring cap-subject H-1Bs should contact us by mid-February for assistance with registration.