The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on January 27, 2023, that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap would open at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on March 1, 2023. It will run until noon EST on March 17, 2023.
Prospective applicants or representatives can complete and submit their petitions using the USCIS online registration system for H-1B visas.
Once the application is complete and submitted, the USCIS will assign a confirmation number, which is used to track the application’s progress and status in the Case Status Online portal.
Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives must use a myUSCIS online account to register beneficiaries and pay a $10 registration fee for each submission for each beneficiary. It is important to note that registrants (prospective petitioners submitting their registrations) will use a registrant account. These registrants can create new registrant accounts starting noon EST on February 21.
How it will work
Representatives with accounts can add clients at any time, but registrants and representatives must wait until March 1 to enter beneficiary information and submit the registration (and pay the $10 fee). Registrants and representatives can submit registrations for multiple beneficiaries in a single session online. Those doing this work can edit and store draft registrations before final registration submission and fee payment.
The U.S. Department of Treasury has increased the daily limit on credit card transactions used to pay fees from $24,999.99 to $39,999.99 per day for the FY2024 cap season.
Who gets picked
Once the March 17 deadline passes, the USCIS will randomly pick applicants to move forward with the visa process. All applications will be accepted if the applications are within the total cap number. The USCIS intends to notify all account holders by March 31.
To move forward with their petition, eligible applicants (including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption) must be selected during the registration process.
Check back here for updates as the USCIS announces them.