On January 9, 2020 USCIS formally announced that it will be implementing the electronic registration process for the upcoming H-1B lottery. The initial registration period will be open March 1, 2020 through March 20, 2020. All those seeking to file an H-1B cap subject petition, whether in bachelor’s cap or master’s cap, will have to pay the $10 H-1B registration fee per registration. The registration process will require basic information from each Petitioner about their company and the requested H-1B worker. At the end of the initial registration period, if USCIS determines that it is necessary to reopen the registration period, USCIS will announce the start of the re-opened registration period on its website. USCIS has provided step-by-step instructions for Petitioners to register using an online account. Employers and authorized representatives may start setting up their accounts in advance of the registration period opening beginning February 24th. Employers will also be able to continue to set up accounts during the registration period and may immediately use those accounts to register. A Petitioner or its authorized representative must electronically submit a separate registration request naming each individual it seeks to petition for a cap-subject H–1B.
Once the random selection process, or lottery, has been run on the submitted electronic registrations, electronic notices will be sent to all registrants that were selected. These notices will inform the registrant they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition on behalf of the individual named in the notice, within the filing period indicated on the notice. The account holder who submitted the selected registration will receive notification via email or text message stating that an action has been added to their account, and they will have to log in to see the full notice. USCIS states they currently intend to notify registrants with selected registrations from the initial registration period no later than March 31, 2020.
Reddy & Neumann, P.C. has developed a process to ensure that our attorneys have ample time to properly vet your prospective H-1B candidates and that your cases are prepared to the best of our abilities.
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In preparation for this upcoming H-1B Cap Season, our firm hosted a free webinar featuring topics such as the new electronic registration system, H-1B cap filings, and potential challenges from USICS. Our attorneys also discussed preparation strategies, timing considerations, and filing tips to help you successfully navigate this quota season.
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Reddy & Neumann’s H-1B Department partners with Human Resources professionals in a wide variety of industries to enable and assist their pursuit of valued and highly-skilled foreign talent. You want to know that your business matters are handled properly. You want it done quickly. And, you want to understand the process without being bombarded with legal jargon. At Reddy & Neumann, P.C., our team is always available to serve you by providing prompt, practical, and professional advice so that you can focus on what’s most important to you: your business.
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