The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it received enough registrations for the 2024 fiscal year H-1B cap. According to the USCIS, it met and exceeded the limit during the initial registration period. This news includes the regular and advanced degree cap for holders of master’s degrees and higher.
As a result, the agency also performed its random selection from the correctly submitted registrations using its electronic lottery system. After completing this process, the USCIS notified the chosen petitioners of their acceptance. The USCIS also reminded registrants to check their online accounts to view the statuses of each beneficiary.
Interested parties may file cap-subject petitions for those with a selected registration beginning April 1st, 2024. These petitions include those under the advanced degree exemption. Only those with a “Selected” status on their account may file a cap-subject H-1B petition, and only for the specific beneficiary listed in the registration.
Registrants must file H-1B petitions with the appropriate service center within the filing period listed on the relevant selection notice. This period will always be a minimum of 90 days. The USCIS has not made online filing available for H-1B petitions. As such, registrants must submit paper petitions. In addition, they must include a printed copy of the registration notice with the corresponding cap-subject petition.
Regardless of the selection when submitting a petition, registrants should prepare to present evidence of eligibility. This preparation ensures that the selection can proceed with registration in the lottery without delay. For many employers, completing the lottery process ends with good news. However, employers should expect to complete many steps before completing the hiring process. For example, they must accurately complete the employment eligibility verification (Form I-9) process.
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