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USCIS Delays Implementation of Wage-Based H-1B Allocation Rule

5 Feb

On Thursday, February 4, USCIS announced the delayed implementation of the recent Trump Administration rule that prioritizes allocation of H-1B visas under the annual H-1B quota according to the wage level of the offered position.  Implementation has been postponed until December 31, 2021, which ensures the rule will not impact the Fiscal Year 2022 H-1B registration and selection process. 

For FY 2022, USCIS will continue the registration and random selection process for all H-1B petitions subject to the annual numerical cap.  The registration period will take place beginning March 9 and will run through noon on March 25.  At the conclusion of the registration period, USCIS will apply random numeric selection processes (“lotteries”) to select registrations under first the Regular H-1B Cap and then the Master’s Cap.  Petitioners with selected registrations may proceed with filing H-1B petitions during the designated filing period, likely April 1 through June 30.  The petitions must request a start date of October 1, 2021.   

Foster will continue to monitor agency action impacting on the FY 2022 H-1B cap filing season and will make future updates available as appropriate via our firm website at