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The number of registrations submitted are expected to exceed - H1B FY2025

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct its annual electronic registration process for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 H-1B cap from March 6, 2024 to March 22, 2024.

This year USCIS is implementing changes to the cap registration process, cap selection process, and post-selection petition filing process.

As in prior years, employers should start planning for cap registration now by identifying foreign nationals they intend to register for the H-1B cap lottery.


  • Cap-subject U.S. employers intending to sponsor foreign nationals for H-1B status must first register each intended beneficiary electronically with USCIS during the cap registration period held in March.
  • The current cap registration fee is $10 for each individual registered. The fee is solely for registration of the intended beneficiary.
    • The fee is not refunded if the registration is not selected, and it is not applied to the H-1B petition filing fee if a petition is ultimately filed for a selected beneficiary.
  • The number of registrations submitted are expected to exceed the number of H-1B visas available under the annual statutory quota.
  • There will be a random selection process once the initial registration period closes in March.
  • After USCIS conducts the random selection process, it will notify employers of selected beneficiaries. Employers may only sponsor H-1B cap petitions for individuals selected through the registration process; no substitution of beneficiaries is permitted.
  • After registration selection, employers will have a 90-day period during which they may file H-1B cap petitions for selected beneficiaries.
  • The 90-day H-1B cap petition filing period is expected to start no later than April 1, 2024.
  • If by the end of the first filing window (June 30, 2024) USCIS has not received enough H-1B petitions to reach the annual quota, USCIS may conduct a second lottery from the pool of previously unselected registrations. USCIS will then designate subsequent filing periods until all H-1B visas are allocated to reach the annual statutory quota.


  • In completing the registration, employers must identify whether the intended beneficiary qualifies for the H-1B visa pursuant to either the advanced degree cap (reserved for individuals holding a U.S. master’s degree or higher in a field of study related to the offered position) or the standard H-1B cap (reserved for individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a field of study related to the offered position).
  • Employers may register multiple individuals at once, using a single online “batch” submission.
  • Employers may only submit one registration per intended beneficiary in any fiscal year. If an employer registers an individual more than once in the same fiscal year, all registrations submitted by that employer for that individual will be invalidated.
  • The employer’s authorized legal representative may prepare and submit cap registrations for the employer.

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