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FOREIGN STUDENTS NOT SELECTED IN H1B CAP LOTTERY STILL HAVE OPTIONS

 

In recent years, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a program whereby a randomized lottery determines which applicants will be eligible for H1B cap petitions. The initial selection process for fiscal year 2022 has now come to an end. If your name was not selected in this lottery, what can you do?

USCIS to Dispose of E-Verify I-9 Records dated on or before Dec. 31, 2006

Employers are required to maintain I-9 records even if not maintained by USCIS.

Employers must maintain I-9 records for employees for at least 3 years or 1 year from the date of termination whichever is greater. In April 2017, USCIS will dispose of transaction records that are over 10 years old; dated on or before Dec. 31, 2006.

Download Historic Records Reports by March 31, 2017. E-Verify employers may download Historic Records Report that contain transaction records dated on or before Dec. 31, 2006 now through March 31, 2017. E-Verify encourages users to record the E-Verify case verification number on the relating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and to retain the Historic Records Report with Form I-9.

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