On July 28, 2021, USCIS announced that they have selected additional cases for this year’s H-1B lottery. Employers and attorneys began to receive notifications of selection today, July 29, 2021.
If your company filed any H-1B registrations this year that have not yet been selected, you will be able to check for updates on each case in the myUSCIS portal.
- Cases that indicate “Selected,” and were not already selected in March, have been selected in the additional round and the next step will be to file a petition between August 2, 2021 and November 3, 2021.
- Cases that indicate “Submitted” will be held “in reserve” through September 30. USCIS will not provide final confirmation of non-selection until after September 30.
In June 2021, USCIS announced that they received 308,613 registrations for the 85,000 available slots, of which it selected 87,500; this additional round of selections was conducted because USCIS did not receive enough petitions from its initial round of selections in order to meet the cap of 85,000. We do not know how many additional registrations were selected in this additional round.
If USCIS does not receive enough petitions to meet the annual cap, it may select additional cases from the reserve. We do not know if there will be any additional rounds of selections in the coming months.
Our office will reach out to candidates regarding the status of their cases. We will begin work on the petitions for those selected in the lottery over the course of the next week.