myUSCIS Account Creation for H-1B Employers Starts February 24, 2020


Beginning Monday, February 24, 2020, employers wishing to sponsor an H-1B beneficiary will need to create a myUSCIS account. WR will schedule Zoom calls with employers who need assistance. WR is also offering clients a step-by-step guide on this process.  Please contact your WR representative for a client guide.

Employers can prepare for H-1B Registration with the following tips:

1. Determine the company representative who will manage your online H-1B account.  USCIS requires a myUSCIS account to be managed by an authorized signatory within the company.
2. Be ready for a two-factor authentication system.
3. Learn the Attorney-HR “handshake.” The new H-1B registration system is designed with close attorney collaboration in mind. Specifically, the system generates “passcodes” (consisting of numbers and letters) that will enable you to review and sign an electronic G-28. In addition, you can review and sign each registration drafted by your attorney representative.  The passcode allows your attorney to take the lead on many registration tasks, and promotes collaboration in the process.

We also recommend employers review the H-1B FY 2021 timeline:

February 24 – Employers may begin creating H-1B registrant accounts on February 24, 2020. Account creation will remain open throughout the entire registration period.

March 1 – H-1B registration period will open on March 1, 2020 at 12 noon eastern, 11 am central, 9 am pacific.

March 20 – H-1B registration period will close on March 20, 2020 at 12 noon eastern, 11 am central, 9 am pacific.

March 31 – Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants on the registration portal. WR will also notify the company of the status of each registration. Status updates include:

Selected: Selected to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition.

Submitted: 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.

Not Selected: Not selected for this fiscal year.

Please note that a registration will not reflect a status of Not Selected until the conclusion of the fiscal year. In the event that USCIS determines that it needs to increase the number of registrations projected to meet the H-1B regular cap or the advanced degree exemption allocation, USCIS will select from registrations held in reserve to meet the H-1B regular cap or advanced degree exemption allocation.

Denied: The same registrant or representative submitted more than one registration on the beneficiary’s behalf for the same fiscal year. All registrations the registrant or representative submitted on behalf of the same beneficiary for the same fiscal year are invalid.

April 1 – The earliest date that FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.

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