US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced it received enough electronic registrations to reach the fiscal 2021 H-1B cap and has randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted. Selected petitioners were to have received notification by Tuesday that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.

Only petitioners with selected registrations may file H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2021, and only for the beneficiary in the applicable selected registration notice.

Registrants’ online accounts will now show one of the following statuses for each registration (i.e., for each beneficiary registered):

  • Selected to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition.
  • A duplicate registration was submitted by the same registrant for the same beneficiary, or a payment method was declined and not reconciled. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted for that beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.
  • A registration status may continue to show “Submitted” after the initial selection process has been completed. “Submitted” registrations will remain in consideration for selection until the end of the fiscal year, at which point all registration statuses will be “Selected,” “Not Selected,” or “Denied.”

RFE, NOID extension. Separately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, USCIS announced an extension for responses to requests for evidence and notices of intent to deny dated between March 1 and May 1.

Any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.

USCIS will provide further updates as the situation develops and will continue to follow CDC guidance.