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USCIS Completes FY 2021 H-1B Selection Process

On March 27, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed the initial H-1B selection process for fiscal year (FY) 2021. This was the first time USCIS used an electronic registration system to conduct the selection lottery. USCIS plans to notify petitioners with selected registrations by March 31, 2020. If selected, petitioners may file an H-1B cap-subject petition only for the specific beneficiary named on the registration selection notice.

USCIS has begun updating registrant accounts to show the status of each registered beneficiary. Over the coming days, accounts will be updated to indicate one of the following statuses:

  • Submitted registrations remain in consideration for selection in the H-1B cap lottery until the fiscal year has ended.
  • As noted above, notification of selection is not expected until March 31, 2020. If, after that date, the beneficiary’s status shows as selected, the registrant employer may file an H-1B petition for that beneficiary.
  • A denied status signifies that either a duplicate registration was submitted or there was an issue with payment. All registrations for a denied beneficiary are deemed invalid.

The filing window for FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions opens on April 1, 2020 and runs through June 30, 2020.

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About this Author

Melissa Manna, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Raleigh, Immigration Practice Group Writer
Immigration Practice Group Writer

Melissa Manna is an Immigration Practice Group Writer. Her primary focus is writing and editing legal articles relating to immigration for the firm’s online and print publications, websites, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Melissa spent 9 years as in-house counsel at TowerCo, one of the largest independent wireless tower companies in the U.S., representing the company in all aspects of commercial real estate. During that time she managed due diligence, advised and implemented risk management solutions, and closed transactions...