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10 Tips to know about the March 2024 H-1B Registration Process

Posted by Pollak PLLC on Jan 31, 2024 9:47:45 PM

h-1b-resized-600U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on January 30, 2024, that: 


  1. The initial registration period for the  FY 2025 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on  March 6, 2024, and run through noon  Eastern on March 22, 2024. During this period, prospective petitioners and  their representatives, if applicable, must use a  USCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically for  the selection process and pay the associated registration  fee for each  beneficiary.    
  2. On Feb. 28, 2024, USCIS will launch the  previously announced new organizational accounts in the USCIS online account that will allow multiple people within an organization and their legal representatives to collaborate on and prepare H-1B registrations, H-1B petitions, and any associated Form I-907.   Prospective petitioners submitting their own registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, collectively known as “registrants”) and their legal representatives will need to use an "organizational” account (formerly known as a “registrant” account). Registrants will be able to create new accounts beginning at noon Eastern on Feb. 28, 2024.   Those who have an existing registrant account can easily upgrade to an organizational account instead of creating a new account.   
  3. Representatives may add clients to their accounts at any time, but both representatives and registrants must wait until  March 6  to enter beneficiary information and submit the registration with the $10 fee.   USCIS intends  to notify account holders and upload selection notifications to their accounts by March 31, 2024.  
  4. Also on Feb. 28, USCIS will launch online filing of Form I-129 and associated Form I-907 for non-cap H-1B petitions. On April 1, USCIS will begin accepting online filing for H-1B cap petitions and associated Forms I-907 for petitioners whose registrations have been selected. Petitioners will continue to have the option of filing a paper Form I-129 H-1B petition and any associated Form I-907 if they prefer. 
  5. USCIS recently announced a final rule that will increase the filing fee for premium processing Form I-907 from $2500 to $2805 effective Feb. 26, 2024. If USCIS receives a Form I-907 postmarked on or after Feb. 26, 2024, with the incorrect filing fee, it will reject the Form I-907 and return the filing fee. 
  6. Under the new registration process, registrations will be selected by unique beneficiary rather than by registration. This new process is designed to reduce the potential for fraud and ensure each beneficiary would have the same chance of being selected, regardless of the number of registrations submitted on their behalf by an employer.  
  7. Starting with the FY 2025 (April 1, 2024) initial registration period, USCIS will require registrants to provide valid passport information or valid travel document information for each beneficiary. The passport or travel document provided must be the one the beneficiary, if or when abroad, intends to use to enter the United States if issued an H-1B visa. Each beneficiary must only be registered under one passport or travel document. 
  8. USCIS is also clarifying requirements regarding the requested employment start date on certain petitions subject to the congressionally mandated H-1B cap to permit filing with requested start dates that are after Oct. 1 of the relevant fiscal year, consistent with current policy. 
  9. A new edition of Form I-129 with the H-1B Registration final rule and Fee Schedule final rule changes will soon be available to preview on uscis.gov (edition date 04/01/24).  On April 1, 2024, only the 04/01/24 edition of Form I-129 will be accepted. 
  10. Now is the time to communicate with your Attorney to start setting up an organizational account and registration procedures in order to effortlessly register in this year’s H-1B Lottery.   

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