U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2025 H-1B cap season will open at noon ET on March 6, 2024, and run through noon ET on March 22, 2024. During that period, prospective petitioners and their representatives, if applicable, must use a USCIS online account to register each beneficiary electronically and pay the associated registration fee.

The final rule makes several changes. For example:

  • Instead of selecting by registration, USCIS will select registrations by unique beneficiary. Each unique beneficiary who has a registration submitted on their behalf will be entered into the selection process once, regardless of how many registrations are submitted on their behalf.
  • Start date flexibility will be provided for certain H-1B cap-subject petitions. Filing will be permitted with requested start dates that are after October 1 of the relevant fiscal year.
  • Registrations must include the beneficiary’s valid passport information or valid travel document information, and a beneficiary is prohibited from being registered under more than one passport or travel document. USCIS said the modification to allow for a valid travel document “is intended to narrowly accommodate stateless individuals, refugees, and others who are unable to obtain valid passports, and is directly in response to public comments.”

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