Featured Issue: FY2024 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Season
FY2024 H-1B Cap Results
USCIS announced that for FY2024, it received 758,994 eligible registrations (compared to 474,421 registrations in FY2023), and that 110,791 applications were selected.
For the FY2024 H-1B cap-filing season, USCIS conducted the H-1B electronic registration process from March 1 to March 20, 2023, and began announcing selections on March 25, 2023. On March 27, 2023, USCIS formally announced that they had received sufficient registrations to reach the FY2024 H-1B cap and that the selection process had been completed. To date, USCIS has not publicly released either the total number of electronic registrations it received for the regular and master’s cap or the number of registrations selected for processing.
Currently, for each registration, the USCIS online account indicates “Submitted,” “Selected,” “Denied,” or “Invalidated – Failed Payment” and at the end of the fiscal year, unused “Submitted” registrations will be changed to “Not Selected.”
The expert panelists for this intermediate seminar will discuss the lottery system and address other general issues of filing FY2024 cap-subject cases based on the current landscape for H-1Bs, including updated SOC categories and wages.
AILA’s USCIS Case Assistance Committee and HQ Benefits Committee on provided a review of some of the best filing tips and resources that may be useful for the FY2024 filing season and beyond.
Resources and Information for the FY2024 H-1B Cap Filing Season
AILA Resources – Check Back Regularly for New Resources!
- Practice Pointer: Filing Tips and Resources for FY2024 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions
- Practice Alert: H-1B Registration System Time-Out Glitch
- Practice Alert: H-1B Registrant Account Login Issues
- Practice Pointer: FAQs Regarding the H-1B Electronic Registration and Filing Process
- Practice Alert: What to Do if I Forgot My Password to My myUSCIS Account?
- Practice Alert: Technical Glitches in the FY2024 H-1B Account Registration
- Client Flyer: FY2024 H-1B Registration Fact Sheet for Employers - February 13, 2023
- Web Seminar: FY2024 H-1B Cap Season: How to Prepare in Light of Lessons Learned - January 31, 2023
- Self-Paced Learning: AILA H-1B Online Course
- Practice Alert: Edition Date for Form I-129 Changes on 2/27/2023
- USCIS Announces H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Complete - March 23, 2023
- USCIS Announces FY2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1 - January 27, 2023
Additional AILA and government resources from the FY2023, FY2022, and FY2021 H-1B cap filing seasons, which members may find useful for the current filing season, may be found in the expandable sections below.
Resources and Information for the FY2023 H-1B Cap Filing Season
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AILA Resources – Check Back Regularly for New Resources!
- Practice Alert: FY2023 H-1B Cap Reached - August 23, 2022
- Practice Alert: Reports of Rejections Due to Issues with Form G-1450 and Form I-907
- Practice Alert: USCIS Transfers of Certain H-1B Petitions to CSC
- Practice Alert: Delays in Issuance of H-1B Receipt Notices at the VSC
- Practice Pointer: AILA Provides FY2023 Cap-Subject H-1B Filing Tips and Resources - April 1, 2022
- Practice Alert: Technical Glitches in the FY 2023 H-1B Registration Period - March 14, 2022
- AILA Shares Unofficial Notes from Webinar on New Functionalities in FY2023 H-1B Electronic Registration Process
- Client Flyer: FY2023 H-1B Registration Fact Sheet for Employers
- Practice Management Resource: Ensuring a Healthy Workforce This H-1B Season
- USCIS Reaches FY2023 H-1B Cap - August 23, 2022
- USCIS Provides Update on FY2023 H-1B Cap Registrations
- USCIS Announces Completion of H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process
- USCIS Provides Presentation from Webinar on H-1B Electronic Registration Process
- USCIS Releases Guidance on Payment for H-1B and H-1B1 Petitions
- USCIS Invites Employment-Based Petitioners to Provide Feedback on myUSCIS
- USCIS Announces FY2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Will Open on March 1
- USCIS 30-Day Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Revisions to H-1B Registration Tool
Resources and Information for the FY2022 H-1B Cap Filing Season
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- Practice Pointer: Filing Tips and Resources for FY2022 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions - May 7, 2021
- Practice Alert: H-1B Registrations Denied Due to Duplicate Submissions - April 7, 2021
- Practice Pointer: Follow the Selection Notice: Filing an H-1B Cap Petition for a U.S. Master’s Degree Holder Selected Under the Regular H-1B Cap – April 5, 2021
- Practice Alert: USCIS Completes Initial H-1B Electronic Registration Selection Process and Extends Grace Period for New Form I-129 – March 31, 2021
- Practice Alert: USCIS Begins Sending Selection Notices for H-1B Registrations Selected for the FY2022 H-1B Cap Filing Season – March 29, 2021
- Practice Alert: Common Issues with the H-1B Registration Process and Reminder That Registration Closes Thursday – March 23, 2021
- Practice Alert: H-1B Registrant Accounts Can Be Created Starting March 2, 2021 – February 24, 2021
- USCIS Provides Update on FY2023 H-1B Cap Registrations
- USCIS Reaches FY2022 H-1B Cap - February 28, 2022
- USCIS Provides FY2022 H-1B Cap Season Updates – March 30, 2021
- SEVP Issues Broadcast Message on New SEVIS Process for Cap-Gap Extensions – March 29, 2021
- DHS Provides Readout from CIS Ombudsman’s Engagement on the H-1B Electronic Registration Process - March 10, 2021
- USCIS Provides Tips to Avoid Common Mistakes with H-1B Electronic Registration – March 5, 2021
- USCIS Provides FAQs on the H-1B Electronic Registration Process - February 26, 2021
- USCIS Provides Presentation from Webinar on H-1B Registration for Attorneys and Representatives – February 24, 2021
- USCIS Provides Presentation from Webinar on H-1B Registration for Registrants – February 24, 2021
- USCIS Final Rule Delaying Effective Date of Rule Creating a Wage-Based Selection Process for H-1Bs (86 FR 8543, 2/8/21)
- USCIS Announces That FY2022 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Will Open on March 9 – February 5, 2021
Create a myUSCIS account with this step-by-step how to by AILA’s Practice & Professionalism Center. (It addresses what two-factor authentication options are and which to choose, too.) USCIS released videos in 2020 with instructions on how to create a myUSCIS account and the electronic registration process for registrants as well as attorneys and representatives. These videos can be helpful for purposes of preparing for the FY2022 registration process.
How to Create a USCIS Online Account
H-1B Electronic Registration Process: Registrants
H-1B Electronic Registration Process:
Attorneys and Representatives
Resources and Information from the FY2021 H-1B Cap Filing Season
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We will open an initial registration period from March 1 through March 20, 2020, for the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations.
- During this timeframe, H-1B cap-subject petitioners, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, seeking to file a FY 2021 H-1B cap petition will be required to first register electronically with USCIS and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each submission.
- Prospective petitioners or their authorized representatives must electronically submit a separate registration naming each alien for whom they seek to file an H-1B cap-subject petition. Duplicate registrations are prohibited.
- As described in the H-1B registration final rule, if more than a sufficient number of registrations are received, we will randomly select the number of registrations projected as needed to reach the FY 2021 H-1B numerical allocations after the initial registration period closes and notify registrants with selected registrations no later than March 31, 2020.
- Prospective petitioners with selected registrations will be eligible to file a FY 2021 cap-subject petition only for the alien named in the registration and within the filing period indicated on the eligibility notice.
We will not consider a cap-subject H-1B petition to be properly filed unless it is based on a valid, selected registration for the same beneficiary and the appropriate fiscal year, unless the registration requirement is suspended. Additionally, although petitioners can register multiple aliens during a single online submission, a petitioner may only submit one registration per beneficiary in any fiscal year. If a petitioner submits more than one registration per beneficiary in the same fiscal year, all registrations filed by that petitioner relating to that beneficiary for that fiscal year will be considered invalid.
On February 5, 2020, USCIS released the following information about registration selection notifications:
USCIS intends to notify registrants and their representatives with selected registrations via their USCIS online accounts no later than March 31, 2020.
A registrant’s USCIS online account will show one of the four following statuses for each registration:
- Submitted: A registration status may continue to show “Submitted” after the initial selection process has been completed. "Submitted" registrations will remain in consideration for selection until the end of the fiscal year, at which point all registration statuses will be Selected, Not Selected or Denied.
- Selected: Selected to file an FY 2021 H-1B cap-subject petition.
- Not Selected: Not selected for this fiscal year.
- Please note that a registration will not reflect a status of Not Selected until the conclusion of the fiscal year. In the event that USCIS determines that it needs to increase the number of registrations projected to meet the H-1B regular cap or the advanced degree exemption allocation, USCIS will select from registrations held in reserve to meet the H-1B regular cap or advanced degree exemption allocation.
- Denied: The same registrant or representative submitted more than one registration on the beneficiary’s behalf for the same fiscal year. All registrations the registrant or representative submitted on behalf of the same beneficiary for the same fiscal year are invalid.
H-1B cap-subject beneficiaries, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must have a “Selected” registration notification in order for a registrant or representative to properly file an H-1B cap-subject petition for FY 2021. Registrants and representatives will not be notified until the end of the fiscal year if they are not selected. The status of registrations not selected as part of any initial random selection process and not denied will remain as “Submitted.”
AILA Resources on Setting Up an H-1B Registration Account
AILA Comments and Communications with USCIS
- Practice Pointer: FAQs Regarding the New Electronic H-1B Registration Process - October 14, 2020
- Practice Alert: USCIS Selects Additional Registrations for the FY2021 H-1B Cap – August 14, 2020
- Practice Alert: H-1B Registration Selected in the FY2021 H-1B Visa Lottery But Not Filing an H-1B Petition: What’s Next? – June 8, 2020
- Practice Alert: Successor-in-Interest Issues for FY2021 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions – May 28, 2020
- Practice Pointer: AILA Provides FY2021 H-1B Filing Tips and Resources – May 21, 2020
- Practice Pointer: Extraordinary Circumstances for Extraordinary Times for H-1B and other Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions – May 20, 2020
- Practice Alert: Reports of H-1B Receipt Notices Erroneously Listing Authorized Signatory from H-1B Registration Process as the Petitioner – May 13, 2020
- Practice Alert: New Filing Location for Certain H-4 EAD Applications – May 13, 2020
- Practice Alert: Reports of H-1B Receipt Notices Erroneously Listing Authorized Signatory from H-1B Registration Process as the Petitioner - April 28, 2020
- Practice Alert: USCIS Provides Clarifications Regarding Filing Issues Involving FY2021 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions - April 7, 2020
- Practice Alert: Completing the H-1B Electronic Registration Process for Individuals Born in Gaza – March 19, 2020
- Practice Alert: DOL OFLC Explains Slight Delays in Receipt of an Assigned LCA Case Number in the FLAG System – March 9, 2020
- Practice Alert: H-1B Registration Tool Glitch Misidentifies Attorneys as Not Eligible to Practice Law - March 6, 2020
- Practice Alert: Updates Regarding Implementation of the H-1B Electronic Registration Process – February 25, 2020
- Preparing Your Staff and Lawyers for a New H-1B Workflow - February 13, 2020
- Kristen A. Harris, Susan S. Im, Justin F. Russo, and Andrea L. Wizner: FY2021 H-1B Season: Electronic Registration and What You Need to Know – January 28, 2020
- Preparing Everyone for the New H-1B Workflow – December 19, 2019
- Preparing for a Different H-1B Season: Strategizing and Staffing for the New Lottery Tool - November 27, 2019
- Practice Alert: USCIS Publishes Proposed H-1B Registration Fee Rule – October 4, 2019
- Practice Alert: DHS Publishes Final Regulation Governing H-1B Cap Subject Petitions – January 31, 2019
- Think Immigration: Proposed H-1B Policy Creates New Uncertainty for American Employers – December 5, 2018
- Practice Alert: Verify Access to myUSCIS Account Before H-1B Registration Opens on March 1 - February 14, 2020
- Change Your Two-Factor Authentication on myUSCIS Account
- Create a myUSCIS Account with This Step-by-Step Guide
- USCIS Reaches FY2021 H-1B Cap - February 16, 2021
- USCIS Final Rule Creating a Wage-Based Selection Process for H-1Bs (86 FR 1676, 1/8/21)
- USCIS Press Release: USCIS Modifies H-1B Selection Process to Prioritize Wages – January 7, 2021
- USCIS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Creating Wage-Based Selection Process for H-1Bs (85 FR 69236, 11/2/20)
- ICE Releases Broadcast Message on F-1 Student Cap-Gap Extension and the Revised H-1B Registration Process – June 8, 2020
- USCIS Announces Delay in Data Entry and Receipt Notice Generation for FY2021 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions – April 13, 2020
- USCIS Announces FY2021 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions May Be Filed as of April 1 – April 1, 2020
- USCIS Announces Completion of H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process – March 27, 2020
- USCIS Announces Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for FY2021 Cap-Subject Petitions – March 16, 2020
- USCIS Announces That Initial H-1B Registration Period Will Open at Noon Eastern on March 1 – February 28, 2020
- USCIS Announces H-1B Registration Account Creation - February 21, 2020
- USCIS Suspends Use of Pre-Paid Mailers for FY2021 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions – February 14, 2020
- USCIS Provides Presentation from Webinar on H-1B Registration for Attorneys and Representatives – February 6, 2020
- USCIS Provides Presentation from Webinar on H-1B Registration for Registrants – February 6, 2020
- H-1B Registration Tool Screen Shots – December 19, 2019
- USCIS Notice of Implementation of H-1B Registration Process for FY2021 (85 FR 1176, 1/9/20)
- USCIS Announces Implementation of H-1B Electronic Registration Process for FY2021 Cap Season - December 6, 2019
- DHS Final Rule Requiring $10 Fee for H-1B Registration (84 FR 60307, 11/8/19)
- USCIS Press Release: USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Registration – November 7, 2019
- Screenshots of the Electronic H-1B Registration Tool - November 7, 2019
- Excel Spreadsheet Containing Questions for Electronic H-1B Registration Tool - November 7, 2019
- USCIS 30-Day Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Revisions to the Electronic H-1B Registration Tool (84 FR 54159, 10/9/19)
- USCIS Issues Final Rule Governing Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions (84 FR 888, 1/31/19)
- USCIS Proposed Rule Adding a Registration Requirement for Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions (83 FR 62406, 12/3/18)
- AILA Provides Feedback to USCIS on FY2021 H-1B Electronic Registration Process and Recommendations for Improvements - December 29, 2020
- AILA Sends Letter to USCIS Raising Questions and Concerns on H-1B Registration Tool – January 17, 2020
- AILA Submits Additional Comments on H-1B Electronic Registration Tool - November 8, 2019
- AILA Submits Comment to H-1B Registration Fee Proposed Rule – October 4, 2019
- USCIS Provides Response Regarding H-1B Registration Tool – September 30, 2019
- AILA Submits Comments to USCIS on Proposed Revisions to the H-1B Registration Tool – August 26, 2019
- Sign-On Letter to USCIS on H-1B Electronic Registration Tool – August 16, 2019
- AILA Submits Comments on USCIS Proposed H-1B Regulation – January 2, 2019
- Forbes: USCIS Mistakenly Denied Over 100 H-1B Visa Registrations – April 2, 2020
- American Immigration Council’s Immigration Impact: The H-1B Registration Period Has Ended. How Did the New System Handle It? – March 26, 2020
- American Immigration Council's Immigration Impact: H-1B Registration Is Almost Here: What We Do and Don’t Know About USCIS’ New Process - February 26, 2020
- American Immigration Council’s Immigration Impact: What We Know About USCIS’ New H-1B Cap Registration System – January 16, 2020
- San Francisco Chronicle: Big changes coming to H-1B visa lottery – December 19, 2019
- American Immigration Council’s Immigration Impact: USCIS Announces Major Change to H-1B ‘Cap’ Filing With Electronic Registration – December 12, 2019
- Bloomberg: Upcoming H-1B Registration Process Still Fraught With Concerns - December 10, 2019
- Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required): U.S. Revamps Process for H-1B Visa Application - December 6, 2019
- Mercury News: H-1B: New Registration System for Applications Coming Next Year, or Maybe Not – October 4, 2019
- Bloomberg: Next H-1B Lottery Likely to Feature Electronic Preregistration – October 4, 2019
- Forbes: USCIS May Court Disaster with Untested H-1B Visa Registration System – August 19, 2019
- Law360 (Subscription Required): Immigration Attys Seeks Answers on New H-1B Registration – August 19, 2019