Today USCIS announced it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial period to reach the FY2021 H-1B cap.  USCIS conducted a lottery by randomly selecting from the registrations properly submitted.  USCIS will notify petitioners with registrations selected no later than March 31, 2020.  Petitioners will be able to file an H-1B cap subject petition for the beneficiary named in the selected registration.

Registrants online accounts are being updated and will show one of the following statuses for each registration:

  • Submitted: The registration status may continue to show ‘submitted’ after the initial selection process as these registrations will remain in consideration for selection until the end of the fiscal year.
  • Selected:  The petitioner may proceed to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition on behalf of the beneficiary in the applicable selected registration.
  • Denied:  A duplicate registration was submitted by the same registrant for the same beneficiary, or a payment method was declined.


Ali Brodie is a Partner and the Co-Chair of the Immigration and EB-5 Immigrant Investor Practice Groups of Fox Rothschild LLP and has extensive experience in corporate immigration law and compliance.  Based in Fox Rothschild’s Los Angeles, California and Denver, Colorado offices, Ali’s practice spans the United States and reaches Consulates worldwide.  You can reach Ali at (303) 446-3854 or at