This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 27, 2023, that it has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2024 H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). USCIS said it randomly selected registrations to reach the cap and has notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the registration.
H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2024, including petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may be filed with USCIS beginning April 1, 2023, if based on a valid, selected registration.
USCIS noted that an H-1B cap-subject petition must be properly filed at the correct USCIS service center and within the filing period indicated on the relevant registration selection notice. The period for filing the H-1B cap-subject petition is at least 90 days. Online filing is not available for H-1B petitions, so petitioners filing H-1B petitions must do so by paper, the agency noted. Petitioners must include a printed copy of the applicable registration selection notice with the FY 2024 H-1B cap-subject petition.