Updates on H-1B Cap Season for Fiscal Year 2024

Dear Stakeholders,

We would like to provide important information regarding the H-1B Cap Season for Fiscal Year 2024. Please find below updates on the H-1B initial electronic registration selection process and subsequent filing procedures:

H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed:

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has successfully received a sufficient number of electronic registrations during the initial registration period to meet the fiscal year (FY) 2024 H-1B numerical allocations, including the master's cap. The selection process has been completed, and all prospective petitioners with selected registrations have been notified. These individuals are now eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the specified beneficiary.

Registrants can view the status of each registration on their online accounts. The statuses include:

  • Submitted: Eligible for selection, unless subsequently invalidated.
  • Selected: Eligible to file an H-1B cap petition.
  • Denied: Invalidated due to duplicate registrations.
  • Invalidated-Failed Payment: Payment method issues.

For additional details, please refer to the H-1B Electronic Registration Process page.

FY 2024 H-1B Cap Petitions Filing Period:

H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2024, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may be filed with USCIS starting April 1, 2023, but only by petitioners with selected registrations. The filing period will be at least 90 days. Online filing is not available, so all H-1B petitions must be submitted in paper format. Ensure the correct service center is used, and include a printed copy of the relevant registration selection notice with the petition.

Petitioners must establish eligibility based on existing statutory and regulatory requirements. Registration selection does not exempt petitioners from providing evidence or establishing eligibility for H-1B cap-subject petition approval.

For more information, visit the H-1B Cap Season page.

Pe-paid Mailer Suspension:

There will be no use of prepaid mailers for communication or final notices related to FY 2024 cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will employ the more efficient automated process of printing and mailing cap-subject H-1B petition approval notices via first-class mail.

Receipt Notice Delays:

Due to increased filing volumes during H-1B cap filing periods, delays in issuing Form I-797, Notice of Action, for timely and properly filed petitions may occur. Petitioners are advised not to submit a second petition if confirmation of delivery has been received. Submitting a second petition may result in the denial or revocation of both petitions.

If more than 30 days have passed since the confirmation of delivery without receiving a Form I-797, petitioners may contact the USCIS Contact Center for assistance.

For concerns related to package delays or damage, please follow the Delivery Service Error Guidance on the H-1B Cap Season webpage.

Thank you for your attention, and we appreciate your cooperation in adhering to the outlined procedures.

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