H-1B Electronic Registration Process
Are you planning to file an H-1B cap-subject petition, including for beneficiaries eligible for the advanced degree exemption? Before you can do that, you will need to complete the electronic registration process and pay the $10 H-1B registration fee for each prospective beneficiary.
Registering electronically simplifies the process, cuts down on paperwork and data exchange, and saves employers money when filing H-1B cap-subject petitions.
Prospective petitioners (also known as registrants) and their authorized representatives who wish to hire H-1B workers under the cap are required to complete a registration process that requires basic information about the prospective petitioner and each requested worker. The registration period will typically last for a minimum of 14 days in one fiscal year. After that, the H-1B Visa selection process will be run through valid electronic registrations. Those with selected registrations are only allowed to file H-1B cap-subject petitions.
Once the registration period has ended, we’ll start making our selections, so there’s no need to register as soon as the sign-up window opens. Setting up an account online is simple!
FY 2024 H-1B Cap Registration Process Update
Users have been very pleased with our H-1B cap electronic registration, giving it a 4.84 out of 5 satisfaction score for FY2023. We had an impressive 48,000 registrations from prospective petitioners, and approximately 31% of those were for the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS follows the regulations and considers past acceptance, rejection, termination and other important details to determine the amount of H-1B petitions needed for a given fiscal year.
To arrive at this figure, we take into account the amount of registrations we’ll need to select in order to get the estimated number of petitions that suit the numerical constraints. This computation takes into consideration past rates of non-filing among people whose registrations have been chosen, but who haven’t filed a petition in relation to those picked registrations.
We received 308,613 H-1B registrations for Fiscal Year 2022, and initially selected 87,500 registrations based on our projected needs for the numerical allocations. We then added 27,717 registrations in July 2021 due to the lower filing volume from the first selection, followed by a third selection in November 2021 of an additional 16,753 registrations. All in all, we ended up with 131,970 selected registrations for FY22.
For FY 2023, we received a total of 483,927 H-1B registrations, of which 127,600 were chosen in order to meet the numerical allocations for that year. If you were selected, your myUSCIS account was updated with a selection notice, which includes important information about when and where to file.
For more information about the H1b Cap Season 2024 , Read our H1-B Cap Season 2024 Guide
How To Register ?
To apply for an H-1B registration, you’ll need to set up a USCIS online account. You and your representatives have to wait until March 1 at noon Eastern time to create and submit H-1B registrations; the registration period will remain open until noon Eastern on March 17.
If you plan to register, you’ll need to sign up for a “registrant” account with myUSCIS. When you select the “I am an H-1B registrant” option, you won’t be able to add any extra details until the initial registration period begins. If you’re registering yourself, you’ll enter your company info when creating your first H-1B registration. If you have a representative helping you, they will input the company info. Check out the video below for instructions on setting up your registrant account.
Are you a representative? You can easily create an account using the same type of account that’s already available. No need to create a new account if you already have one. Once you set up an account, you’ll be asked to provide information about your law firm or organization. To get step-by-step instructions on setting up an attorney or representative account, please take a look at the video below.
Step By Step Instruction :
The online H1-B registration for the H1-B cap season 2024 starts from 1st March 2023 and to be successful in that there are few essential things every H1-B employer should keep in mind.
Unfairly Increasing Chances of Selection
When you submit your registration(s), you must swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information included in the form is accurate and truthful. Starting in FY 2023, you’ll need to make an additional attestation that the job offer is legitimate and that you or the organization submitting the registration(s) has not made any arrangements with other registrants, petitioners, agents or other entities in order to increase the beneficiary’s chances of selection.
If USCIS finds that the attestation is not accurate (for example, if a company has tried to increase their beneficiary’s chances of selection by submitting multiple registrations), then it would not be considered a properly submitted registration. As a result, the prospective petitioner would not be able to file a petition in accordance with 8 CFR 214.2(h)(8)(iii)(A)(1). USCIS may deny or revoke the petition if it contained a false attestation and was therefore not properly submitted. In addition, USCIS may refer the individual or entity who submitted the false attestation to relevant federal law enforcement agencies for further action if necessary.
Require a $10 non-refundable registration fee for each beneficiary before they are able to submit their registration for the H-1B cap. Please note that this fee is for each individual beneficiary, and is not refundable.
In response to stakeholder feedback and the large volume of previous H-1B registrations, the U.S. Department of Treasury has authorized a temporary boost in the daily credit card transaction limit from $24,999.99 to $39,999.99 per day for the FY 2024 H-1B cap season.
H-1B Registration Process Timeline
- Feb. 21: Petitioners and registrants can begin creating H-1B registrant accounts at noon Eastern.
- March 1: H-1B registration period opens at noon Eastern.
- March 17: H-1B registration period closes at noon Eastern.
- March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.
- April 1: The earliest date that FY 2024 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.
H-1B Electronic Registration Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Is there an appeal process for H1b registrations that USCIS finds are invalid duplicates?
Ans –USCIS will not accept duplicate registrations. If they identify any as such, they will be considered invalid and cannot be challenged.