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Fiscal Year 2025 H-1B Cap Registration Begins March 6, 2024

31 Jan


U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B cap will open at noon ET on March 6, 2024, and run through noon ET on March 22, 2024. During this time, employers and their legal representatives must register each beneficiary through their USCIS online account. The number of H-1B visas available each fiscal year (October 1 to September 30) is limited to 65,000 for the Regular H-1B Cap, plus up to an additional 20,000 for candidates with a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. university (U.S. Master’s Cap). Over the past several years USCIS has received significantly more registrations than available H-1B numbers.  

Once the registration period has closed, USCIS will apply random numeric selection processes (“lotteries”) to select registrations, first under the Regular H-1B Cap and then under the U.S. master’s Cap. Petitioners with selected registrations may proceed with filing H-1B petitions during the designated filing period, likely April 1, 2024, through June 30, 2024, seeking an October 1, 2024 start date. 

Properly submitted registrations that are not selected in the initial lottery rounds will remain in the system as valid registrations with their statuses designated as “Submitted” for the remainder of the fiscal year. These remaining submissions will be available for selection in the future if the current fiscal year cap reopens.  The cap could reopen if a high number of registrations do not result in actual filings with USCIS during the 90-day filing window or if H-1B petitions are denied.   

Foster will continue to monitor updates regarding the FY 2025 H-1B cap filing season and will make future updates available as appropriate via our firm website at