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H-1B Visa Cap Reached: USCIS FY 2024 Updates and Exemptions

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated caps for H-1B visas for fiscal year (FY) 2024. The regular cap of 65,000 and the master’s cap of 20,000 for U.S. advanced degree exemptions have both been met. Non-selection notices will be sent to registrants through their online accounts in the coming days. Registrations not selected will display a status of “Not Selected,” indicating ineligibility to file an H-1B cap petition based on the current registration.

However, the USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are exempt from the cap. This includes petitions for current H-1B workers seeking:

– Extension of stay in the United States

– Change in terms of employment

– Employer change

– Concurrent employment in additional H-1B positions

Businesses in the United States utilize the H-1B program to hire foreign workers in specialized occupations. H-1B petitioners are encouraged to stay informed by reaching out to my office by calling at 630-262-1435 or emailing jacki@lentinivisas.com.