USCIS Completes Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Selection Process
LAW IMM Analysis:
USCIS has announced that it has received sufficient H-1B quota registrations for the fiscal year 2021, and it has also conducted the random selection/lottery drawing of those registrations. The USCIS also confirmed that it has notified the H-1B petitioners with selected registrations regarding the next steps to take, including the submission of H-1B quota petitions, starting on April 1, 2020 and lasting through at least June 30, 2020.
USCIS also explains that the H-1B petitioner’s online accounts will now show one of the following three (3) updated case status for each H-1B registration: Submitted; Selected; or Denied. Only those cases that are marked ‘Selected’ may proceed with the H-1B quota filing for fiscal year 2021. The cases that are shown as ‘Submitted’ will remain in consideration for possible future selection until the end of the fiscal year 2021, and at that point, all registration statuses will be shown to be: “Selected”, “Not Selected”, or “Denied”.
For those H-1B registrations that are selected, we do advise the employers to contact our office so we can assist with the rest of the H-1B petition preparation and submission process and to timely file these H-1B quota petitions before the deadline of June 30, 2020.
And a reminder also that USCIS has temporarily suspended premium processing for H-1B quota petitions as well. So, all these H-1B petitions will be filed as regular processing, at least for now.
Should any readers have any questions about the H-1B filing process, we do encourage you to contact our office so we can discuss further via formal consultation.