The US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced on January 28, that the initial H-1B petition registration period for the fiscal year 2023 will be from March 1 to March 18, 2022, and that USCIS expects to notify employers whose registrations have been selected no later than March 31, 2022.
As in the previous years, petitioners must register using a myUSCIS online account and pay a $10 registration fee for each candidate. Registrants will be able to create new accounts beginning at noon ET on February 21, 2022.
Petitioners must electronically submit a separate registration request for each individual it seeks to petition for a cap-subject H-1B. No more than one registration may be submitted for the same individual by the same petitioner, or all registrations for that individual will be disregarded.
USCIS will deliver lottery results by sending notices electronically and inform petitioners to file an H-1B cap-subject petition on behalf of the named individual within the filing period indicated on the notice – usually 90 days. The notifications will be added to the registration accounts, and the account holders will receive notification via email or text message stating that an action has been added to their account.
To recap, the important dates in 2022 are:
February 21: New registrant account may be created beginning at noon ET.
March 1: H-1B registration period opens at noon ET.
March 18: H-1B registration period closes at noon ET.
March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.
April 1: The earliest date that FY 2023 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.
October 1: The earliest date that the approved worker can begin employment under H-1B status.
Petitioners should start the preparation process now by evaluating potential H-1B candidates to make sure that they are qualified to receive the visa if selected. Please contact your Dentons lawyer if you have any questions.