Business Immigration Alert: U.S. CIS Announces H-1B Cap Registration Period Opens March 1, 2023

Employers seeking to secure an H-1B quota number must file a registration during the registration period to be eligible. To do so, please contact McCandlish Holton immigration attorney, Helen Konrad

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“U.S. CIS”) has announced that the H-1B registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern (GMT-5) on March 1 and will run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023. During this period, employers can submit H-1B registrations using the U.S. CIS online H-1B registration system.

Employers Must Register to Be Eligible for the H-1B Visa Process

The H-1B is a very popular work visa for employers wishing to hire talented international graduates of U.S. universities, and for employers wishing to hire highly skilled technical and professional employees.  There is a limited quota of 85,000 H-1Bs that can be issued every year.  The March 1st through 17th registration period is the opportunity for employers to register to try to secure an H-1B quota number for international employees. 

Registrations Will Far Exceed the Annual Cap of 85,000 H-1B Visas

Each year, the U.S. CIS receives many more H-1B registrations than there are quota numbers available.  Last March, the U.S. CIS received over 483,000 registrations.  The U.S. CIS will conduct a random lottery to select 85,000 cases to process.  They plan to notify registrants who are selected in the lottery by March 31, 2023. 

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