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US extends initial registration period for FY 2025 H-1B visa cap

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced an extension of the initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B cap. Originally scheduled to end at noon Eastern on March 22, 2024, the registration period will now run until noon Eastern on March 25, 2024.

This extension comes in response to a temporary system outage experienced by some registrants, with USCIS aiming to accommodate affected individuals by providing additional time.

During this extended period, prospective petitioners and their representatives, if applicable, are required to use a USCIS online account to electronically register each beneficiary for the selection process. Additionally, they must pay the associated registration fee for each beneficiary.

USCIS remains committed to notifying selected registrants by March 31, 2024, the immigration agency said in a statement.

On February 28, 2024, USCIS introduced new myUSCIS organizational accounts, facilitating collaboration among multiple individuals within an organization and their legal representatives for H-1B registrations, petitions, and associated Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service. Participation in the H-1B Electronic Registration Process from this year requires a new organizational account.

To support organizations and legal representatives in navigating this new process, USCIS also initiated Tech Talks sessions in February 2024. "These sessions serve as a platform for individuals to seek clarification regarding organizational accounts and online filing of Form I-129 for H-1B petitions," USCIS had said.

ReadMore: Economictimes

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