FY 2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon (Eastern Time) on March 1 and run through noon (Eastern Time) on March 17, 2023. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using USCIS’ online H-1B registration system.
USCIS will assign a confirmation number to each registration submitted for the FY 2024 H-1B cap. Note that this number will only be used for tracking registrations; you will not be able to use this number to track your case status in Case Status Online.
Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives will be required to use a myUSCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically for the selection process and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each registration submitted on behalf of each beneficiary. Prospective petitioners submitting their own registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, collectively known as “registrants”) will use a “registrant” account. Registrants will be able to create new accounts beginning at noon (Eastern Time) on February 21.
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. 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.
USCIS will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts if they receive enough registrations by March 17. If the agency does not receive enough registrations, all registrations that were properly submitted in the initial registration period will be selected. USCIS stated that they intend to notify account holders by March 31.
The U.S. Department of Treasury has approved a temporary increase in the daily credit card transaction limit from $24,999.99 to $39,999.99 per day for the FY 2024 H-1B cap season. This temporary increase is in response to the volume of previous H-1B registrations that exceeded the daily credit card limit. Additional information will be provided before the start of the initial H-1B registration period.
An H-1B cap-subject petition, including a petition for a beneficiary who is eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may only be filed by a petitioner whose registration for the beneficiary named in the H-1B petition was selected in the H-1B registration process.
If you have any questions about the H-1B registration process, please contact our office to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys today!