Petitioners with registrations selected in the FY 2021 H-1B cap lottery may begin filing as of April 1, 2020. The period for filing H-1B cap-subject petitions will be at least 90 days and the submission must include a printed copy of the registration selection notice. USCIS released the following statistics in relation to FY 2021 H-1B cap registrations:

  • Nearly 275,000 unique registrations were submitted during the registration period
  • More than 40,000 registration accounts were created
  • Roughly 46% of all registrations were for beneficiaries with U.S. advanced degrees
  • Nearly 81% of submitted registrations were for potential beneficiaries from India (67.7%) and China (13.2%)

Last year, USCIS received approximately 201,000 filings for the lottery; this year represents about a 38% increase over the FY 2020 H-1B cap lottery season.

Please contact Ali Brodie or any member of the firm’s immigration practice group with questions concerning filing H-1B cap-subject petitions.


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