On March 27, 2023, USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of electronic registrations to reach the statutory 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year 2024. As such, USCIS has randomly selected from the registrations and updated registrant online accounts (MyUSCIS.gov) to indicate who was selected.
Receiving a selection notice does not guarantee the approval of H-1B status. The company must still establish the registrants eligibility for the visa at the time the petition is filed with the USCIS Service Center.
For each selected registration, the employer has up to 90 days to file the full petition with all supporting documents and pay the filing fees.
The important dates in 2023 are:
April 1: The earliest date that FY 2024 H-1B cap-subject petitions may be filed.
October 1: The earliest date that the approved worker can begin employment under H-1B status.
For each registration that has not been selected, contact your Dentons immigration lawyer to explore alternative employment visa options such as F-1 Optional Practical Training/Curricular Practical Training, H-1B1 visas for citizens of Chile and Singapore, TN visas for citizens of Mexico and Canada, E-3 visas for citizens of Australia and O-1 visas for individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement.
Please contact your Dentons immigration lawyer if you have any questions regarding the above.