The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced a significant development regarding H-1B visas. The H-1B visa program has reached its quota for the fiscal year 2024.
H-1B Visa Quota Exhausted for FY 2024
USCIS revealed that the regular cap, which comprises 65,000 visas, and the master’s cap, set at 20,000 visas for those with U.S. advanced degrees, have been exhausted for the fiscal year 2024.
This means that USCIS will no longer accept new applications under these categories for FY 2024, with some exceptions.
Exempt Cases and Current H-1B Workers
While the cap has been reached, USCIS clarified that certain cases remain exempt from these limitations. Notably, applications from current H-1B workers seeking to extend their stay, modify employment terms, transfer to new employers, or take on concurrent positions in additional H-1B roles will continue to be processed.
Notifications for Unselected Registrants
USCIS plans to issue notifications to registrants who were not selected for the FY 2024 H-1B numerical allocations. These notifications will be delivered through online accounts, and individuals will be designated as “Not Selected.”
The Vital Role of the H-1B Program
The H-1B program plays a pivotal role in U.S. businesses’ ability to hire skilled foreign workers for specialized roles. It enables companies to access a diverse talent pool, contributing to innovation and economic growth.
Stay Updated with USCIS
For those interested in H-1B visas and seeking the latest updates and information on the H-1B cap season, USCIS recommends subscribing to their email updates. Staying informed about changes in immigration policies and procedures is essential for prospective applicants and employers alike.
The announcement of reaching the H-1B visa quota for fiscal year 2024 underscores the program’s continued popularity and the demand for skilled foreign workers in the United States. While this may present challenges for new applicants, individuals with specific exempt cases and current H-1B workers can still pursue their employment goals in the U.S.