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USCIS conducts second round of H-1B lottery to select additional fiscal year 2022 H-1B quota cases

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USCIS has announced that after determining that it needed to select additional H-1B quota registrations in order to reach the Fiscal Year 2022 numerical allocations, on July 28, 2021, the USCIS selected previously submitted H-1B electronic registrations via random drawing. Employers and legal representatives may log into their H-1B registration accounts to check if any of their previously submitted electronic registrations were selected this time.

To be clear, these additional registrations have been selected from the same H-1B registrations that were initially submitted during the March 2021 H-1B cap registration window, but which were not selected in that initial random selection process.

USCIS has determined that the filing period for the H-1B registrations that were selected on July 28, 2021 will start on Monday, August 2, 2021 and close on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Those with selected registrations will have their myUSCIS accounts updated to include a selection notice that would also contain details about when and where to file the H-1B quota petitions.

USCIS also reminds those who were selected in this process must make sure to file the eventual H-1B quota petitions at the correct service center and within the designated filing period that is mentioned on the selection notice. Employers who file H-1B petitions must do so via paper, as there is no electronic filing option available for H-1B petitions, and the employer is further reminded to include the copy of the registration selection notice with the Fiscal Year 2022 cap-subject petitions.

This is the second year that USCIS had to conduct a second round of H-1B lottery selection, as they had conducted a second round drawing in the Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B quota filing process in year 2020 too.

So far, there is no information about how many H-1B registrations were selected in the initial drawing, and there is no information about how many of these additional registrations were selected in the second round drawing. We hope to have more information from the USCIS about the exact figures on both counts in the coming days.

Due to these ever changing news and developments, we do suggest readers to continue to check back with our website for any further updates about this H-1B process.

And should you have any further questions or specific issues that you wish to discuss with our office, we suggest you contact our office to schedule consultation for further clarification and assistance.