On Thursday, July 27, USCIS announced that it will need to select additional registrations to reach the FY 2024 H-1B cap-subject numerical allocations. The second round of selections follows the initial random selection conducted in March 2023.
- The second round selection concluded on July 31, 2023.
- An additional 77,609 registrants were selected in this second drawing.
- All prospective petitioners with selected registrations from this round of selections have been notified by USCIS that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.
FY 2024 H-1B Registration Overview
- Registrations for FY 2024 increased by 61% from the previous year, but a large number of multiple registrations filed on behalf of a single beneficiary resulted in USCIS raising concerns.
- The agency launched fraud investigations and stated that the inquiry could result in the denial or revocation of visas and criminal prosecution.
- USCIS’s statements regarding potential fraud may have deterred some registrants from pursuing a petition after winning the lottery.
Erickson Insights and Analysis
USCIS is working on an upcoming H-1B modernization rule that will propose, among other improvements, bolstering the H-1B registration process to reduce the possibility of misuse and fraud in the H-1B registration system.
Erickson Immigration Group will continue monitoring developments and sharing updates as more news is available. Please contact your employer or EIG attorney if you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions.