US immigration: USCIS opens H-1B registrations for 2024, check dates and key details

The registration period will begin from March 1, 2023 and will run through till March 17,2023.

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Updated29 Jan 2023, 09:07 AM IST
The H-1B programme offers temporary US visas that allow companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals working in areas with shortages of qualified American workers.
The H-1B programme offers temporary US visas that allow companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals working in areas with shortages of qualified American workers.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services on Sunday announced the dates for the initial registration period for H-1B visa cap. The registration period will begin from March 1, 2023 and will run through till March 17,2023.

In this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using our online H-1B registration system, said the immigration agency in a press release.

H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

USCIS said that it will assign a confirmation number to each registration submitted for the FY 2024 H-1B cap. The number can be used to track registration.

"This number is used solely to track registrations; you cannot use this number to track your case status in Case Status Online," said the agency.

All prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are required to use the account to register each beneficiary and pay $ 10 as 10 H-1B registration fee for each registration submitted on behalf of each beneficiary.

Registrants, i.e., US employers and agents will use registrant account and they will be able to create new accounts from February 21.

"Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are required to use a myUSCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically for the selection process and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each registration submitted on behalf of each beneficiary. Prospective petitioners submitting their own registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, collectively known as “registrants”) will use a “registrant” account. Registrants will be able to create new accounts beginning at noon Eastern on Feb. 21," said the agency.

"Representatives may add clients to their accounts at any time, but both representatives and registrants must wait until March 1 to enter beneficiary information and submit the registration with the $10 fee. If we receive enough registrations by March 17, we will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts. If we do not receive enough registrations, all registrations that were properly submitted in the initial registration period will be selected. We intend to notify account holders by March 31," it added.

The U.S. Department of Treasury has approved a temporary increase in the daily credit card transaction limit from $24,999.99 to $39,999.99 per day for the FY 2024 H-1B cap season.

"The U.S. Department of Treasury has approved a temporary increase in the daily credit card transaction limit from $24,999.99 to $39,999.99 per day for the FY 2024 H-1B cap season. This temporary increase is in response to the volume of previous H-1B registrations that exceeded the daily credit card limit," it ssaid.

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First Published:29 Jan 2023, 09:07 AM IST
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