H-1B Cap Season – USCIS Announces Schedule for FY 2022

Update: USCIS announced that the FY2022 Cap Selection has been completed. Selected petitions may be filed starting 4/1/2021.


Update: FY 2022 H-1B cap registration period will close on, March 25. After that, USCIS will run two cap lotteries to select the beneficiaries on whose behalf an H-1B cap petition can be filed. The first lottery will contain all registered H-1B beneficiaries. USCIS will use this lottery to select enough registrations to meet the regular H-1B cap of 65,000. The second lottery will contain all registered “master’s cap” beneficiaries who were not selected in the first lottery. USCIS plans to notify employers and immigration counsel of the lottery results by March 31.


Update: USCIS finally released a statement that they have reached H-1B Cap for 2021 . 

USCIS have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations, but that were not selected, will now show: as “Not selected for this fiscal year”.


Earlier, Biden Administration delayed the change to the H-1B lottery until December 30, 2021, to replace it with a system where H-1B visas would be rolled out by wage level.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces registration schedule for FY 2022 H-1B Cap Season.

The FY 2022 cap registration period will open at noon EST on March 9, 2021 and will close at noon EDT on March 25, 2021.  All cap registrations must be drafted and submitted online during this period. USCIS will then conduct the FY 2022 H-1B cap selection and notify sponsoring employers of selected entries by March 31, 2021.

If the number of registrations exceeds the H-1B quota of 85,000, USCIS will use a random computerized lottery to select the registrations for which an H-1B cap petition may be filed. USCIS will not implement a wage-based selection system during this cap season.

Employers will be able to include up to 250 beneficiaries in a single registration submission. There is no limit on the number of registrations an employer can submit. Employers may submit petitions for selected registrations starting April 1, 2021.  The petition filing period will close no earlier than June 30, 2021. 

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USCIS will conduct two lotteries to select enough beneficiaries to meet the 85,000 annual cap. The first lottery will include all registered beneficiaries and will select enough registrations to meet the regular cap of 65,000. The second lottery would include registered U.S. advanced-degree holders who were not chosen in the first lottery, and would select enough registrations to meet the advanced-degree cap exemption of 20,000.

Key Dates:

  • March 9: H-1B registration period opens at noon ET.

  • March 25: H-1B registration period closes at noon ET.

  • March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.

  • April 1: The earliest date that FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.

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