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Alert – USCIS will conduct a second H-1B cap lottery for 2024

USCIS will conduct a second H-1B cap lottery for 2024

The USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) announced last week that it will conduct a second H-1B cap registration lottery for the 2024 fiscal year. As the agency didn’t receive enough H-1B cap petitions to meet the statutory annual quota of 85,000 for the fiscal year, it is conducting the additional lottery. The initial lottery was conducted in March 2023; the agency had received 758,994 eligible H-1B cap registrations.

USCIS has not specified the number of additional registrations that it will select under the second lottery. Similar to the initial filing requirement, employers can submit the petition on behalf of the selected H-1B candidate during the 90-day period that the agency will designate (in the selection notice).

This article has been written by Zeenat Phophalia, Esq. Of Counsel, Davies & Associates, India Office.

Zeenat Phophalia is qualified to practice law in New York, United Kingdom and India. She practices in the area of U.S. immigration law with a focus on business immigration, and has represented corporate clients including large and medium sized companies and startups across sectors such as IT, consulting, consumer goods, manufacturing and telecommunications.

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