On December 6, 2019, USCIS announced that it will implement an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to submit H-1B cap-subject petitions.  USCIS states that it will post step-by-step instructions on how to complete the registration process, along with key dates and timelines, on its website as the initial registration period nears. It is unclear how far in advance of the registration period these details will be available.

According to information available thus far, employers seeking to file FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must first electronically register and pay an associated $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to USCIS.  Per USCIS, under this new process, employers seeking H-1B workers subject to the cap, or their authorized representatives, must complete a registration process that will require only basic information about their company and each requested worker. USCIS will open an initial registration period from March 1 through March 20, 2020, and then run a random selection process on those electronic registrations. Only those with selected registrations will be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions.

We will post updates as more details on this program become available, so please check back in with us!