Cuccinelli Announces USCIS’ FY 2019

FY 2021 H-1B Cap Filing Period Closes June 30

At a glance

  • The FY 2021 H-1B cap petition filing window closes June 30.
  • Employers should work with their Fragomen team to ensure the timely submission of H-1B cap petitions on behalf of selected beneficiaries.immigration

A closer look

The 90-day filing window for FY 2021 H-1B cap petitions will close on June 30, 2020. With just over two weeks remaining in the filing period, employers should be working with their Fragomen team to finalize and submit H-1B cap petitions on behalf of selected beneficiaries.

On April 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) opened the FY 2021 H-1B cap petition filing period. The agency has not announced an extension of the 90-day H-1B cap filing window.

Premium processing

USCIS is expected to resume premium processing in phases for all I-129 petitions, including H-1B cap petitions, after it suspended the fast track service in March due to COVID-19. However, premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions will not begin until the last phase of the timeline, which is expected to start on June 22. Phase-in dates are also subject to change as USCIS resumes premium service.

What this means for employers

Your organization should work with your Fragomen team to ensure selected H-1B cap petitions are timely submitted prior to the closing of the petition filing window on June 30. You should also identify any H-1B cap petitions that may require premium processing upgrades when USCIS resumes the service later this month, or at a postponed later date.

Fragomen is closely monitoring H-1B cap developments and will issue updates accordingly.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen.