It is time to start getting ready for the annual H-1B lottery registration period, which is expected to open sometime in March 2022. (USCIS has not yet announced exact dates.)
As a reminder, individuals who have never previously been in H-1B status will need to go through the lottery registration process. This may include, for example, employees or candidates who are:
- Working with you pursuant to F-1 OPT/STEM OPT.
- Working with you pursuant to a dependent EAD based on their spouse’s nonimmigrant status
- Located outside the U.S.
We have prepared a bulletin providing a detailed overview of the process timeline, deadlines, and important things to know. Please note that this bulletin will be updated as we receive more information from USCIS regarding exact dates. (The link to the bulletin will remain the same as it gets updated.)
Please review our bulletin closely as it contains important information. Action items for you to be aware of at this time are:
- Please start collecting and providing the names and email addresses of potential candidates now. We ask that you provide this information by February 1, 2022. Due to anticipated volume, advance planning is critical.
- Please note that cases initiated on or after February 23, 2022 will be subject to additional surcharges. Further details are listed in the bulletin linked above.
If you have candidates who were not selected this year, or if you have provided the names of potential candidates to us throughout the past year, our office will follow up by mid-January.
We anticipate reaching out to the bulk of H-1B lottery candidates throughout the months of January and February. In the meantime, please feel free to provide any interested candidates with our flowchart overviewing the process. The flowchart will be updated once we receive more information from USCIS regarding exact dates.
Thank you, and happy holidays!