Next Tuesday March 9th USCIS begins accepting electronic H-1B registrations at noon Eastern Time. Registrations will be accepted through noon Eastern Time on March 25th.
What YOU need to know about registering:
- ONE REGISTRATION PER BENEFICIARY! If more than one registration is filed for a beneficiary all registrations for that beneficiary will be disqualified.
- There is a $10 registration fee per beneficiary.
- Petitioners must create a myUSCIS account to access the registration portal.
- On March 31st USCIS will begin notifying registrants that have been selected and the following day USCIS begins accepted completed H-1B petitions.
The advanced degree cap of 20,000 H-1B visas will be selected first. Those not selected will be incorporated into the subsequent regular cap of 65,000 visas.
While those selected will have 90 days to file the completed H-1B petition, we recommend having the completed petition ready as soon as possible. The RFE rate is still high and we have seen as many as three rounds of RFEs before visa approval. Make sure all answers are consistent across documents when you file. Inconsistencies are a big red flag that triggers a scrutiny of the petition which leads to difficult RFEs. Make sure all any weaknesses in your case are identified and fortified before you file.
For a free review of your case visit www.ccifree.com. We will respond in 4 hours or less.
Sheila Danzig is the director of CCI TheDegreePeople.com. Sheila specializes in overturning RFEs and Denials for work visas.