The USCIS announced that the H-1b cap/lottery will be conducted via electronic registration in 2020 ! The initial registration period will be from March 1st through March 20th ! As announced earlier this month, the filing fee will only be $10.00 per registration. This is exciting news and will save a tremendous amount of time and money for US employers (and law firms). More details will be provided as they become available and we expect to do a free teleconference for our clients in mid January.
Today, the USCIS has announced additional information regarding the April 2020 (FY 2021) H-1b cap lottery electronic registration program that was first announced in January of 2019. The proposed rule will be published on Sept 4th and can be viewed here. The comment period will last 30 days and our firm expects to submit comments on behalf of our clients. We applaud the USCIS on taking steps to modernize its processes and allow for electronic registration for the H-1b cap lottery. We will provide a summary of the proposed rule later this week after the rule is published and reviewed.
In news that is not really news but, expected by everyone, the USCIS announced on Friday, that they had received sufficient filings to exceed the H-1b cap for FY 2018 and a lottery will be held to determine which petitions will be processed.