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USCIS Releases Statistics on H-1B Cap Registrations

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H-1B Cap Registrations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released statistics on the H-1B cap registrations process. Registrations were submitted by more than 37,000 prospective petitioners. Around 48% of all registrations requested consideration under the advanced degree exemption.

The initial projected number of registrations expected to meet the numerical limitations for FY 2022 was lower than the initial projected number of registrations required for FY 2021. A reason for this might be that USCIS is getting serious about multiple registrations on behalf of the same beneficiary. USCIS said that if it finds that a company worked with another entity to submit multiple registrations for the same beneficiary, which would violate the necessary employer attestation. Also, USCIS will find that registration to be not properly submitted and may deny or revoke the petition.

USCIS also noted on H-1B Cap Registrations

  • For FY 2021, USCIS got 274,237 H-1B registrations and at first selected 106,100 registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2021 numerical allocations. USCIS conducted a second selection in August 2020 of an additional 18,315 registrations. Because of low filing volume from the initial selection. This resulted in a total of 124,415 selected registrations.
  • For FY 2022, USCIS got 308,613 H-1B registrations and initially selected 87,500 registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2022 numerical allocations. On July 29, 2021, USCIS announced that it conducted a second selection of an extra 27,717 registrations. This resulted in a sum of 115,217 selected registrations. The petition filing period based on registrations selected on July 28 began on August 2 and closed on November 3. On November 19, 2021, USCIS declared that it conducted a third selection of an additional 16,753 registrations. This resulted in a sum of 131,970 selected registrations. The petition filing period based on registrations selected on November 19 began on November 22, 2021, and closed on 23rd February 2022.

[April 2022 Visa Bulletin]

USCIS said that those with selected registrations will have their myUSCIS accounts updated. To include a selection notice, which includes details about when and where to file.

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