U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has successfully received the requisite number of petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-1B visa caps for fiscal year (FY) 2024. This includes reaching the regular cap of 65,000 H-1B visas and the master's cap, which allocates 20,000 H-1B visas for U.S. advanced degree exemptions.
Over the coming days, USCIS will dispatch non-selection notices to registrants through their online accounts. The status for properly submitted registrations not selected for the FY 2024 H-1B numerical allocations will be reflected as "Not Selected," indicating ineligibility to file an H-1B cap petition based on this registration.
While the regular and master's caps have been met, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are exempt from the cap. This includes petitions for current H-1B workers who have been previously counted against the cap and still retain their cap number. USCIS will accept and process petitions for various purposes, such as extending the duration of stay for current H-1B workers, changing the terms of employment, allowing changes in employers, and permitting concurrent work in additional H-1B positions.
The H-1B program is instrumental for U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.
USCIS encourages H-1B petitioners to stay informed by subscribing to H-1B cap season email updates, accessible on the H-1B Cap Season page.