FY 2024 H-1B Cap Season Updates: Key Information and What to Expect

The FY 2024 H-1B Cap Season has begun, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has completed the initial electronic registration selection process. Here’s what you need to know about the H-1B cap, electronic registration, and petition filing.

1. Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed
USCIS has received enough electronic registrations to reach the FY 2024 H-1B numerical allocations, including the advanced degree exemption. All selected registrants have been notified, and their online accounts now show one of four possible statuses: Submitted, Selected, Denied, or Invalidated-Failed Payment. Visit the H-1B Electronic Registration Process page for more information.

2. Filing H-1B Cap Petitions from April 1
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. Only petitioners with selected registrations can file petitions for FY 2024 and must do so within the filing period indicated on the registration selection notice. Online filing is not available, and petitioners must include a printed copy of the registration selection notice with the petition. Visit the H-1B Cap Season page for more details.

3. Pre-paid Mailer Suspension
USCIS will not use prepaid mailers to send out any communication or final notices for FY 2024 cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those requesting consideration under the advanced degree exemption. Instead, first-class mail will be used as it is more efficient for both petitioners and USCIS.

4. Receipt Notice Delays
Due to increased filing volumes, there may be delays in the issuance of Form I-797, Notice of Action. Petitioners should not submit a second petition if they have confirmation from the delivery service that the petition was delivered. Submitting duplicate petitions may result in denial or revocation of both petitions. If more than 30 days have passed since the delivery confirmation and no Form I-797 has been received, contact the USCIS Contact Center for assistance.

Stay updated and informed about the FY 2024 H-1B Cap Season by visiting the USCIS website regularly and following the guidelines provided.

If you or your family members have any questions about how immigration and nationality laws in the United States may affect you, or if you want to access additional information about immigration and nationality laws in the United States or Canada, please don’t hesitate to contact the immigration and nationality lawyers at NPZ Law Group. You can reach us by sending an email to info@visaserve.com or by calling us at 201-670-0006 extension 104. We also invite you to visit our website at www.visaserve.com for more information.

USCIS link: https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/alerts/fy-2024-h-1b-cap-season-updates