FY 2023 H-1B Cap Season Opens March 1

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1, 2022 and run through noon

Eastern Time on March 18, 2022. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1, 2022 . The registration period will run through noon Eastern Time on March 18, 2022. During this period, petitioners will be able to complete and submit their registrations using an online H-1B registration system.

Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners must use a myUSCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically and pay a $10 H-1B registration fee. Registrants will be able to create new accounts beginning at noon Eastern on Feb. 21.

If USCIS receives enough registrations by March 18, the agency will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts. USCIS expects to notify account holders by March 31.

An H-1B cap-subject petition, including a petition for a beneficiary who is eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may only be filed by a petitioner whose registration for the beneficiary named in the H-1B petition was selected in the H-1B registration process.

Predictions: USCIS selected 7% fewer registrations in 2021 (for FY2022) than they had in 2020 (for FY 2021). Experts predict this trend will continue. Also, USCIS has run two lotteries for the last two years. The split between the two rounds in 2020 (FY 2021) was 85% (lottery 1) and 15% (lottery 2), while it was 75% and 25% respectively in 2021 (FY 2022). Given the fact that the agency picked a higher number of registrations in 2021’s second lottery, experts suggest that this trend will continue into FY2023 as well.

Follow us here for updates on the H-1B process. And, as always, contact the Law Office of Gregory J. Eck, LLC for any questions about this or any other legal matter.

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