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Annual H-1B Season Starts March 1 (Applications Must be Filed by March 17)

The initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using our online H-1B registration system.


The H-1B non-immigrant classification is available for people who wish to perform services in a specialty occupation and have a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in the specific specialty.


See our detailed H-1B page with more information on this topic.



USCIS will assign a confirmation number to each registration submitted for the FY 2024 H-1B cap. This number is used solely to track registrations, and cannot be used to track your case status in Case Status Online.


Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are required to use a myUSCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically for the selection process and pay the associated $10.00 H-1B registration fee for each registration submitted on behalf of each beneficiary.


Prospective petitioners submitting their own registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, collectively known as “registrants”) will use a “registrant” account. Registrants will be able to create new accounts beginning at noon Eastern on Feb. 21.


Representatives may add clients to their accounts at any time, but both representatives and registrants must wait until March 1 to enter beneficiary information and submit the registration with the $10.00 fee. Prospective petitioners or their representatives will be able to submit registrations for multiple beneficiaries in a single online session. Through the account, they will be able to prepare, edit, and store draft registrations prior to final payment and submission of each registration.


If USCIS receives enough registrations by March 17, it will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts. If it does not receive enough registrations (highly unlikely), all registrations that were properly submitted in the initial registration period will be selected.

USCIS intends to notify account holders whether their registration was selected by March 31.


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.

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.


Want to find out if you or your employee(s) are eligible for this once-a-year opportunity?


Take our H-1B qualification questionnaire to find out if you have a good chance of qualifying for an H-1B visa, and schedule a consultation with our H-1B attorneys. You can also call us at (949) 798-6298.


At The Grady Firm, we specialize in the preparation of H-1B visas for specialty occupations, and have successfully prepared applications for jobs in the STEM fields (such as science, technology, engineering, and math), and other fields that require a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, such as business, logistics, blockchain development, and aerospace.

The Grady Firm works with dynamic employers and employees across the country to prepare successful employment-based visa and Green Card applications. In addition, we help individuals, families, employees, business owners, and investors obtain non-immigrant and immigrant visas (B-1/B2, H-1B, H-2B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, TN, E-2, E-3), as well and Green Cards and citizenship based on family relationships, investment, or employment.


Click here to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with The Grady Firm’s attorneys; call +1 (949) 798-6298; or fill out a Contact Request Form. This article is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. This article does not make any guarantees as to the outcome of a particular matter, as each matter has its own set of circumstances and must be evaluated individually by a licensed attorney.

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