H-1B: Second Lottery Held For FY 2022
A second round of random selections for H-1B cap-subject petitions for the 2022 fiscal year has been confirmed by USCIS.
The new round opened on July 28, 2021, with additional selections taken from the registration period from March 9 to March 25, 2021.
Those registrants selected in the first lottery were invited to file their petitions between April 1 and June 30 2021.
USCIS had intimated the possibility of conducting a second lottery round, in the event the annual quota of 85,000 cap-subject H-1B visas was not met through the first round.
Since fewer H-1B petitions were filed as compared with selected H-1B registrations, on July 29, USCIS then announced the results of a second lottery, with an additional 27,717 selections made to enable USCIS to meet the annual visa allocation.
Those registrants selected in the lottery are invited to submit their full H-1B petition between August 2 and November 3, 2021 to the relevant service center.
As electronic filing of the full H-1B petition is not available, petitions must instead be submitted using a paper application along with a printed copy of the FY 2022 registration selection notice.
Employers of the selected registrants will be notified of selection and filing details on their myUSCIS account.
Employers and petitioners are reminded that selection in the lottery is not a guarantee that the visa will be granted, and that the H-1B petition must be submitted in full and in the correct manner to avoid processing issues.
Depending on the number of petitions received and approved, there also remains a possibility of a further lottery selection of registrations held in reserve.
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