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This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the initial registration period for FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions opens at noon Eastern Time (ET) on March 9, 2021, and runs through noon ET on March 25, 2021. Representatives and registrants must wait until March 9 to create and submit H-1B registrations.

USCIS explained that prospective petitioners (registrants) must use a "registrant" account within myUSCIS to submit their registrations. Registrants will not be able to add more information after they select "I am an H-1B registrant" account type until the initial registration period opens. Petitioners submitting their own registrations will enter their company information as part of their first H-1B registration. Petitioners working with a representative will review company information that the representative enters before submitting the registration for each prospective beneficiary.

Representatives can create an account at any time by using the same kind of account already available to representatives. Representatives who already have a representative account may use that account; they do not need to create a new account, USCIS said.

USCIS has released instructions and a video on how to set up an account and register.

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