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FY 2023 H-1B Cap Registration Period Closes March 18

Employers and their immigration counsel have until Friday, March 18 at noon ET to submit registrations for the FY 2023 H-1B cap lottery. Employers should work with their immigration counsel to complete their review and approval of draft registrations as soon as possible. USCIS is expected to receive a very large number of online registrations in the final days of the registration period. Technical slowdowns are possible as a result. Early completion and submission can help minimize problems.

The issue

The FY 2023 H-1B cap registration period will close on Friday, March 18, at 12:00pm ET.  Employers and their immigration counsel will have until this time to draft, review, e-sign and submit their registrations to the agency.

What employers need to do during the final days of registration

If your organization will be working with immigration counsel to draft and submit H-1B cap registrations, the company must do the following:

  • Set up an “H-1B registrant” account in the USCIS online system if you have not yet done so. Sponsoring employers must have an H-1B registrant account at, even if they will be represented by counsel during the registration process. There is still time to create an account if you have not done so.
  • Identify any last-minute H-1B needs as soon as possible. If your organization has not finished identifying your H-1B cap needs, it must do so quickly so that registrations can be submitted by the March 18 deadline.
  • Promptly review each registration drafted by immigration counsel. When your immigration attorney finishes drafting an H-1B cap registration for your organization, the company’s designated signatory must log into the USCIS system to review, approve and e-sign the registration. This is also the time to determine whether any changes or edits need to be made to the company’s registrations. Your organization’s signatory should review registrations as soon as requested to do so by the immigration attorney.
  • Prepare for possible technology slowdowns. The USCIS system is expected to have a very large number of users in the last days of registration on March 18. This could result in slowdowns and technical glitches. Prompt completion and submission of cap registrations can help to minimize last-minute problems.

What happens after the registration period closes

After the registration period closes on March 18, 2022, USCIS will run two cap lotteries to select the beneficiaries on whose behalf an H-1B cap petition can be filed. The first lottery will contain all registered H-1B beneficiaries. USCIS will use this lottery to select enough registrations to meet the regular H-1B cap of 65,000. The second lottery will contain all registered “master’s cap” beneficiaries who were not selected in the first lottery. USCIS will use this lottery to select enough registrations to meet the H-1B cap exemption of 20,000 for holders of U.S. advanced degrees. Subsequent lotteries are possible if the number of H-1B petitions received as a result of the initial lotteries is insufficient to meet the FY 2023 quota.

USCIS plans to notify employers and immigration counsel of the lottery results by March 31. For each cap registration, USCIS should send an email to the employer’s authorized signatory and immigration counsel. The email will notify the recipient that there has been a change in the status of a cap registration. To learn the lottery results, your immigration attorney and your company’s authorized signatory will need to access their account and review the status of each beneficiary.

USCIS will begin to accept H-1B cap petitions on behalf of lottery selectees on April 1, 2022.  The petition filing period will end no earlier than June 30, 2022. All FY 2023 H-1B cap petitions for beneficiaries selected in the March lotteries must be submitted during this period.

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