USCIS permits resubmission of closed 2021 H1B petitions
USCIS has confirmed that from June 23, 2021, it is accepting H1B cap-subject petitions for the 2021 fiscal year which had been rejected or closed due to the requested start date being after October 1, 2020.
The move has come following the FY 2021 filing period seeing fewer applications received than what is required for the allocations.
This drop in H1B cap-subject applications is understood to be the result of the pandemic, and related public health, government policy and economic factors.
In response to the lower numbers of H1B petitions received, between August and September last year, reserve registrations were selected by USCIS to meet the allocations. Out of those selected, those that proposed a start date of later than October 1, 2020 were closed.
USCIS is now allowing these closed cases to be resubmitted.
How to resubmit an H1B application
The agency has advised that petitioners have until October 1, 2021 to resubmit their documentation. This should include:
- Full H1B petition
- Relevant application fees
- FY 2021 H-1B cap registration selection notice
- Rejection or administrative closure notice for the original FY 2021 H-1B cap petition (if applicable)
- A bright-colored cover sheet stating clearly that the application is a resubmission of a previously closed or rejected FY 2021 H1B case
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