USCIS announced on March 05, 2021 that the two biggest errors that they saw employers making in last fiscal year's lottery registration were:
Creating the wrong type of account
Multiple entries for the same beneficiary
Employers should create this account
Registrant account: As the point of contact for the employer you should register using the registrant account, regardless of whether you will be using an attorney or accredited representative to submit the registration.
Employers should NOT create these accounts
Applicant/Petitioner/Requestor account: this account is for employer's point of contacts to prepare and file petitions
Attorney/Representative account: this account is for your immigration attorney's or accredited representative's use
Employers should NOT create duplicate entries
USCIS strongly recommends that employers make sure that every beneficiary (foreign national employee) has only one registration.
Penalty: If, after the lottery registration period ends on March 25, USCIS finds duplicate registrations for a particular employee the agency will remove ALL registrations for that particular employee. Other employees/beneficiaries will not be affected.
Recommendation: As the employer, you should make sure that there are no duplicate entries. For employers with multiple employees, you can use the "View CSV of beneficiary table" to download the list of beneficiaries to check for duplicates.
Duplicates discovered before registration period ends: If you find duplicates before March 25, 2021, you should removed them. The registration fee of $10 will not be refunded for deleted registrations.
Duplicates discovered after registration period ends: If USCIS finds duplicates after March 25, 2021, the agency will remove ALL registrations for that particular employee/beneficiary.
Work with your immigration attorney and follow the process closely to make sure that there are no mistakes that might jeopardize your employees' chances in the lottery. Good luck!
Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult a WayLit-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.