This is the initial registration, for which petitioners will have to pay a $10 registration 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,” said the immigration agency in a press release. Prospective petitioners can create new accounts, required for the application, on Feb 21.
H-1B visas are used by Indian and American technology companies to meet the demand for high skilled tech talent in the US. Indians are the biggest beneficiaries of this visa, accounting for about 70% of the new visas issued each year. In recent years, the number of American technology companies have received the largest share of these visa. It remains to be seen whether the recent spate of tech layoffs in the US over the last few months will lead to a muted demand for new H-1B visas this year, which normally receive far more applications than the 85,000 visas that are on offer.
An H-1B cap-subject petition, including a petition for a beneficiary who is eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may only be filed by a petitioner whose registration for the beneficiary named in the H-1B petition was selected in the H-1B registration process.
“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. Additional information will be provided before the start of the initial H-1B registration period,” said the agency.
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