On November 19, 2021, USCIS announced that they have selected an additional 16,753 registrations for this year’s H-1B lottery.
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 or July, have been selected in the additional round and the next step will be to file a petition between November 22, 2021 and February 23, 2022.
- Cases that indicate “Submitted” will be held “in reserve.” We do not know when USCIS will provide final confirmation of non-selection; for last year’s lottery, USCIS did not provide final confirmation of non-selection until February 2021.
In June 2021, USCIS announced that they received 308,613 registrations for the 85,000 available slots, of which it selected 87,500. In July 2021, USCIS selected an additional 27,717 registrations.
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.