On July 27, 2023, USCIS announced that a second random selection from previously submitted fiscal year 2024 H-1B Cap Registrations (aka “H-1B Lottery”) will be conducted, however, the exact date has not yet been released.
USCIS conducted the initial random selection in March 2023, and those petitioners with selected registrations were eligible for H-1B petition filing from April 1, 2023, through June 30, 2023. Based on the number of H-1B petitions filed during this period, USCIS has determined the need to select additional registrations to reach the fiscal year 2024 numerical allocations. Petitioners/attorneys with selected registrations will have their myUSCIS accounts updated to include a selection notice with details of when and where to file.
Again, USCIS has not yet announced when the second random selection will take place.
As a general reminder, 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. Online filing is not available for H-1B petitions. Further, please note that registration selection only indicates that petitioners are eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions; it does not indicate that the petition will be approved. Petitioners filing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must still submit evidence and establish eligibility for petition approval based on existing statutory and regulatory requirements.
We will continue to monitor this situation, keep abreast of any additions, and notify you of any material changes.
Please contact any member of the Dentons Cohen & Grigsby Immigration Department at 412.297.4900 if you have any questions regarding the above.