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Friday, March 22, 2024

H-1B Cap Registration Deadline Extended; Results to be Released on 03/31/2024



Due to some system glitches and outstages, USCIS has decided to extend the initial registration deadline for FY 2025 H-1B cap from 03/22/2024 to noon EST 03/25/2024. Employers and their attorneys may still register H-1B applicants in the USCIS system till Monday. 

This year, USCIS launched new myUSCIS organizational accounts in the H-1B registration system, allowing multiple personnel within an organization, and their legal representatives, to collaborate on and prepare H-1B registrations. There has been intermittent system issues reported by users.  As a result, upon requests for employers and practitioners, USCIS has decided to extend the deadline till 03/25/2024.

However, USCIS still intends to release the lottery results by 03/31/2024. Results are typically released in form of status changes in an applicant's registration entry.  If seleced, an applicant's status is changed from "submitted" to "selected".  Applicants should keep close contact with their attorneys and employers to get updates of the lottery results.  Subsequent drawings are possible if the H-1B visa cap has not been reached. 

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