Initial Registration To Open For  H-1B  FY 2024

Initial Registration To Open For  H-1B  FY 2024

The highly anticipated H-1B visa filing season for the fiscal year 2024 will begin at the start of March 2023.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant work visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in places that require technical or theoretical expertise in professional fields such as Information Technology, Engineering, and Medicine. Selected petitioners will be able to work and live in the US for up to six years.

The initial registration period for the 2024 H1B visas for skilled professionals will open from 1 March to 17 March, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced.

Prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using the online H-1B registration system during this period.

The USCIS will assign a confirmation number to each registration submitted for the FY 2024 H1B cap, which can be used to track registrations. The number, however, cannot be used to track one’s case status in Case Status Online, the USCIS said in a release.

The US Congress limits the number of new, cap-subject H-1B visas that are available each year. H-1B visa numbers will be capped at 65,000 for bachelor’s degree cases, with an additional 20,000 slots for foreign nationals with a US master’s degree or higher. Under a Free Trade Agreement, 6,800 H-1Bs are set aside for citizens of Chile and Singapore.

Prospective Petitioners And Employers

All prospective H1B cap-subject petitioners are required to use a myUSCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically for the selection process.

They also need to pay a $10 fee for each registration submitted on behalf of each beneficiary.

US employers and agents will use a registrant account and they will be able to create new accounts from 21 February.

“Representatives may add clients to their accounts at any time, but both representatives and registrants must wait until March 1 to enter beneficiary information and submit the registration with the $10 fee,” the USCIS statement read.

It further said that prospective petitioners or their representatives will be able to submit registrations for multiple beneficiaries in a single online session. Through the account, they will be able to prepare, edit, and store draft registrations prior to final payment and submission of each registration.

The USCIS will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts if they receive enough registrations by March 17.

Random Selection

Regarding the selection of registration, there are two scenarios that could happen.

If enough registrations are submitted, they will be randomly selected and will receive a selection confirmation through the myUSCIS online accounts.

On the other hand, if there aren't enough registrations, USCIS will select all properly submitted registrations and notify account holders by 31 March at the latest.

In case it does not receive enough registrations, the USCIS said: “All registrations that were properly submitted in the initial registration period will be selected. We intend to notify account holders by March 31”.

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