H1B CAP Registration: March 20 Deadline

The USCIS annouced that the initial registration period for H1B CAP will open from March 1 through March 20 of 2020. As you may be aware, starting the upcoming H1B CAP season, employers are required to electronically pre-register their employees with the USCIS in advance. Here is how the pre-registration process works:

Employers should pre-register all their CAP employees electronically between March 1st – March 20th 2020.

The registration process only requires basic employer and employee details, along with the degree information.

USCIS will use the registration info to conduct a lottery. They will first pick 65,000 applications from the entire pool, followed by 20,000 masters applications from the remaining pool. So Masters students will get to double-dip.

USCIS will then notify the employers about the selected employees, and provide them a 60-day window to apply for H1B. For example, USCIS may give you a specific application window between April 1st – May 30th, or May 1st -June 30th etc. You will always get a 60-day window to apply.

Employers can then file an LCA, and prepare the full application packet and mail it to the USCIS within that window.

This new process will be beneficial in many ways

It is cost effective, since employers are only preparing applications for employees selected in the lottery. It will save a lot of time and attorney fees as well.

The applications are spread out over time, among the various filing windows. So employers are not rushing all the applications on April 1st, thus reducing the possibility of errors.

In the past, you send your application on April 1st, and your job/project situation could change by the time your application is adjudicated, sometimes many months later. Now your application is going in within a 60 day window, so you can adjust your application to reflect your job/project changes.


What are your  chances of being selected? Hurry ! The H1-B Cap 2021 filing season begins on March 1, 2020. Employers who mis filing H1-B petitions in march 2020 will not be able to bring in new employees under H1-B until October 1, 2020.

A clear understanding of what to expect in this H1-B filing season is crucial to improve  the chances of your H1-B petitions getting selected.


H1-B Cap 2020 What to expect this March 2020?

  1. H1-B cap has reached in the mandatory first five days of the filing season during each of the last 5 years.
  2. The registration fee for applications is only $10 this year. It is anticipated that employers would be submitting registrations in large number to improve the chances of selection in the H1-B lottery.
  3. The demand for H1-B’s increases when the economy is doing well. And, since April 2019,The economy has only been growing.
  4. Sharp criticism of H1-B visa program by President Trump has increased the uncertainty over future of the H1-B Visas.
  5. Anticipating tighter H1-B visa regime in near future, large consulting firms are likely increase their H1-B filing this year.
  6. Increased scrutiny in adjudication of L-1 petitions has made companies opt for H1-B’s .
  7. Crackdown by immigration on B- visa misuse has further led to more companies exploring H-B’s. The trend Is likely to continue.
  8. Employers who were unable to file for new cap-subject H1-B petitions last year will be eager to fill in the backlogs.

What dose all this mean to you ? The competition is going to be intense.  An increase in H1-B filing numbers brings down the odds of selection of a timely filed H1-B petition in the H1-B lottery. Just how bad is it going to be? Check  out H1-B Visa 2021 Predictions now.

The predictions report offers exclusive knowledge on :

  1. When will the H1-9B Cap be reached in FY 2021
  2. How much will the inability to file H1-B’s during the past 12 months influence the FY 2021 filing numbers?
  3. What are the chances of your petition being selected in the H1-B visa lottery 2021

Most In-Demand Tech Jobs and Skills, January 2020

A new analysis of data from Burning Glass, which collects millions of job postings, confirms what you might have suspected: demand for software developers/engineers far exceeds that of other tech-related roles.

That’s no surprise, of course: now more than ever, companies need technologists who can build, launch, and maintain all kinds of apps across all kinds of platforms—from tiny IoT devices all the way up to massive IT infrastructure setups. Just check out the following chart of tech jobs with the most postings over the past 30 days, which correlates very strongly with demand:

Source: Burning Glass

However, “software developer/engineer” is an extremely nebulous term, especially given how many companies want a very high degree of specialization. It’s not just about the title—it’s about the skills. What do employers want these developers/engineers (and architects, and administrators, and programmers…) to do? Fortunately, Burning Glass can also provide us with the most-requested tech skills over the past 30 days:

It’s worth highlighting Java for a moment here. Although some other programming languages (most notably Python) have been drawing a lot of buzz lately, Java is still going strong some 25 years after its creation. An entire ecosystem has sprung up around the language, including tools such as Microsoft .NET, and that’s probably a key reason why it ranks so highly on Burning Glass’s skills chart: Once a company has used Java to piece together its whole technology stack, it needs to keep relying on it for the foreseeable future. (If you’re applying for a Java-related job, check out these must-use résumé terms.)

Other programming languages on this list—Python, JavaScript—suggest that employers are much more interested in widely used, tried-and-true languages instead of up-and-comers such as Kotlin and Swift. That makes sense: Many companies have tons of legacy code, and also they want to use languages that a lot of potential employees are familiar with.

If you’re in the market for a new position, keep in mind that a very solid grasp of some of tech’s most fundamental languages and skills is often exactly what employers want.

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