USCIS Announces FY2021 H-1B Cap Results: 275,000 Cap Registrations Filed

This morning, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services ("USCIS") officially announced the H-1B cap registration results for FY2021. As expected, there were many more H-1B cap "lottery" filings for this year than in years past. The USCIS reports nearly 275,000 unique registrations for FY2021, compared to an average of 211,800 cap filings over the last five years. The increased volume is likely due in part to the new electronic registration process introduced this year, which makes it much easier and less expensive to "play the lottery."

The annual numerical limitation on H-1Bs (the "cap") allocates a total of 85,000 new H-1Bs each year. 20,000 of these are reserved for advanced degree holders graduating from U.S. universities, and 6,800 are reserved for nationals of Chile and Singapore pursuant to free trade agreements with those countries. The USCIS reports that 46% of the cap registrations were for U.S. advanced degree holders. Although the Service has not published statistics on the likelihood of being selected, based on our own figures we estimate that the likelihood of being selected in the advanced degree category was approximately 53%. The odds of being selected for persons without U.S. advanced degrees was approximately 32%. The USCIS has also reported that 81% of successful registrants were for nationals of India and China (67.7% for India and 12.2% for China).

We are reaching out to clients individually to update on the status of their registration applications.

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