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6 mar 2024
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FY 2025 H-1B Visa Registration Opens Today with New System

FY 2025 H1B registration just opened! Key dates are March 6-22. The new beneficiary-centric system will ensure fairness for employers and beneficiaries.

FY 2025 H-1B Visa Registration Opens Today with New System

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has officially commenced the registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B cap lottery selection process. The registration period opens today, Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at noon ET, and will conclude on Friday, March 22, 2024, at noon ET.

This period marks a crucial phase for employers and prospective beneficiaries alike. Accompanying this announcement is the implementation of a groundbreaking beneficiary-centric system, aimed at fostering fairness and transparency in the selection process.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 28: Petitioners and registrants can begin creating H-1B registrant accounts at noon Eastern.
  • March 6: H-1B registration period opens at noon Eastern.
  • March 22: H-1B registration period closes at noon Eastern.
  • March 31: Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.
  • April 1: The earliest date that FY 2025 H-1B cap-subject petitions based on the registrations selected during the initial FY 2025 selection period may be filed.

Registration Fee

$10 per registration

FY 2025 H-1B Registration Period

During the registration period, employers or their representatives can register potential H-1B beneficiaries through the myUSCIS online account portal. USCIS anticipates receiving a substantial volume of registrations, encompassing both the regular cap of 65,000 H-1B beneficiaries and an additional 20,000 beneficiaries with advanced degrees from accredited U.S. institutions.

Registration Fee Status

Contrary to prior speculation, USCIS has confirmed that the registration fee for FY 2025 will remain unchanged at $10 per registration. This decision comes in the wake of proposed adjustments, ensuring consistency and accessibility for all stakeholders participating in the registration process.

Introduction of the Beneficiary-Centric System

In response to evolving dynamics and concerns regarding the integrity of the registration process, USCIS has introduced a beneficiary-centric paradigm shift. Departing from the previous model, which centered on group registrations, the new system prioritizes individual beneficiaries, thus mitigating the potential for fraud and manipulation.

Passport or Travel Document Requirement

A key aspect of the beneficiary-centric system is the requirement for a valid passport or travel document for each beneficiary during registration. USCIS underscores the importance of aligning the registration document with the intended travel document for potential entry into the United States. While there may be some exceptions for changes in identifying information, it is highly recommended to adhere to this policy to avoid any issues or complications in the registration process.

Key Considerations

  • Enhanced Integrity: USCIS's swift action in implementing the beneficiary-centric system underscores its commitment to fostering integrity and fairness within the H-1B program.
  • Equal Opportunity: By affording each beneficiary an equal chance of selection, irrespective of the number of registrations submitted on their behalf, USCIS aims to level the playing field for all participants.
  • Continued Monitoring: As USCIS progresses with the implementation of the final rules, stakeholders are encouraged to remain vigilant and informed regarding any updates or developments.

The New Era

The unveiling of the FY 2025 H-1B registration period and the introduction of the beneficiary-centric system begin a new era of transparency and equity in the immigration landscape. USCIS's proactive measures underscore its dedication to upholding the integrity of the H-1B program while ensuring equal opportunities for all stakeholders. As the registration period commences, employers and their employees are urged to stay alert for updates and guidelines to navigate the process seamlessly.

SuperVisas is committed to providing comprehensive support and guidance to employers and foreign nationals throughout the FY 2025 H-1B registration period. Stay tuned for further insights and updates as we navigate this transformative phase for the H-1B program.

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Robert Wees
U.S. Immigration CounselRobert Wees
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