USCIS Announces Third Lottery of H1B CAP Electronic Registrations

Third Lottery of FY 2022 H-1B Cap Registrations is Complete

In H1B 2022 latest news, on November 19, 2021, USCIS announced they’ve conducted the third H1B lottery from previously submitted FY 2022 H1B CAP registrations to meet 2022 H1B numerical allocations, including advanced degree exemptions. This resulted in an additional 131,970 selected H1B applications.

Was your name not selected from the FY 2022 H1B CAP registrations yet? Are you worried that two 2022 H1B lottery selections were already done? Please check with your employer immediately now that the 3rd H1B lottery is done.

Points to remember for those selected in the third 2022 H1B Lottery:

  1. Those who got selected in the third H1B lottery can file the petition from Nov 22, 2021 to Feb. 23, 2022.
  2. The correct USCIS service center filing location will be mentioned in the registration selection notice.
  3. The petition must be filed within the time period and at the correct service center as per registration selection notice.
  4. When you file the petition, please make sure to include a registration selection notice copy that can be downloaded from the registrant’s online USCIS account.
  5. If beneficiaries qualify for advanced degree exemption, petitioners must submit evidence and establish for petition approval based on existing statutory and regulatory requirements.
  6. Please file the petition with all necessary supporting documents.
  7. LCA can be filed with the start of future dates and can seek the approval also with current dates.
  8. Since USCIS have not mentioned anything about premium processing for CAP filing petitions, petitioners can also request premium processing.

Overview of H1B Electronic Registration Process:

In 2020, USCIS implemented an electronic registration process for the H-1B CAP. Prospective petitioners seeking to file H1B CAP-subject petitions, including beneficiaries eligible for the advanced degree exemption, now must first electronically register and pay the associated $10 H1B registration fee for each beneficiary. 

For FY 2021, USCIS received 274,237 H1B registrations, and initially selected 106,100 registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2021 numerical allocations. USCIS conducted a second H1B lottery in August 2020 of an additional 18,315 registrations due to low filing volume from the initial selection. This resulted in a total of 124,415 selected registrations.  For FY 2022, USCIS received 308,613 H1B registrations and initially selected 87,500 registrations projected to reach the FY 2022 numerical allocations. On July 29, 2021, USCIS conducted a second H1B lottery of an additional 27,717 registrations. This resulted in a total of 115,217 selected registrations. Today (Nov 19, 2021) USCIS announced a third H1B 2022 lottery of an additional 16,753 registrations. This resulted in a total of 131,970 selected H1-B registrations.

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