Immigration Solutions

H-1B Visa Registration Period for FY 22 (2021)

From the Federal Register – 1/8/21:

H-1B Visa Cap / Quota Registration News for 2021. Learn how to register and apply for the H-1B Visa in the FY 22 cap/quota.

When will the H-1B Visa Registration Open?

USCIS will announce the start date of the initial registration period on the USCIS website for each fiscal year at least 30 days in advance of the opening of the registration period.

In each fiscal year, the registration period will begin at least 14 calendar days before the first day of petition filing and will last at least 14 calendar days.

USCIS will also separately announce the final registration date in any fiscal year on the USCIS website.

If USCIS determines that it is necessary to keep the registration period open at the end of the initial registration period, the final registration date will be determined once USCIS has received the number of registrations projected as needed.

USCIS, however, will not be able to identify the final registration date in advance as the date would be contingent on the number of registrations received.

Similarly, if USCIS determines that it is necessary to re-open the registration period, it will announce the start of the re-opened registration period on its website before the start of the re-opened registration period. 

Required Information From Petitioners

a. OES Wage Level

i. Highest OES Wage Level That the Proffered Wage Would Equal or Exceed

ii. Highest OES Wage Level When There Is No Current OES Prevailing Wage Information

iii. Lowest OES Wage Level That the Proffered Wage Would Equal or Exceed When Beneficiary Would Work in Multiple Locations or Positions

New H-1B Visa Lottery System:

USCIS is changing the selection process from a random lottery selection to selection generally based on the highest OES prevailing wage level that the proffered wage equals or exceeds.

So in order to increase the chance of being selected in the registration, you must offer a wage above the level 4 prevailing wage.