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H-1B Season Starting Soon

February 11, 2023

Courtesy SBAM Approved Partner, ASE

On January 27, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the registration period for Fiscal Year 2024 will open at noon on March 1, 2023, and will close at noon on March 17, 2023, both Eastern Time.

During this 17-day period, employers, directly or through their representatives, can submit registrations for prospective employees using the USCIS online H-1B registration system. The H-1B registration system requires employers to first create an account on the myUSCIS portal. New accounts, for first-time companies, can start being created at noon on February 21. The process also requires payment of a $10 H-1B registration fee per each prospective employee.

At the end of the registration period on March 17, if USCIS has received enough registrations to meet the cap, it will randomly make selections and send notifications to the corresponding myUSCIS account holders by March 31. Selected registrations will then have a 90-day period to file their H-1B petitions with USCIS for a visa start date of October 1.

Congress has set aside 65,000 visas for beneficiaries with a bachelor’s degree and an additional 20,000 for those who earned U.S. master’s degrees.

Source:  Littler 1/30/23

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