U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced it will implement an electronic registration process in the next H-1B lottery. Employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2021 cap must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee.
Under the new process, employers seeking H-1B workers subject to the cap, or their authorized representatives, will complete a registration process that requires basic information about their company and each requested worker. USCIS has not yet announced what information will be required for the registration but has announced they will “post step-by-step instructions informing registrants how to complete the registration process on its website along with key dates and timelines as the initial registration period nears.”
The initial registration period will last from March 1 through March 20, 2020. The H-1B random selection process will then be run on those electronic registrations if the number of registrations surpasses the cap. Only those with selected registrations will be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions.