FY 2025 H-1B Visa Registration Process to Begin on March 6

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FY 2025 H-1B Visa Application Process: Key Dates and Insights

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has officially announced the opening dates for the H-1B visa registration period for the fiscal year 2025 in its final rule on “Improving the H-1B Registration Selection Process and Program Integrity.”

FY 2025 H-1B Visa Application Process

Application Start Date

The FY 2025 H-1B visa application process is set to kick off on March 6, 2024. This marks the beginning of an opportunity for employers to petition for skilled foreign workers to fill crucial roles in the U.S.

H-1B Visa Overview

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa category that allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialized occupations, such as IT, finance, engineering, and more.

Cap Limits and Lottery System

The H-1B visa program has an annual cap, with a limited number of visas available. If the number of applications exceeds the cap, a lottery system is implemented to select the petitions that will move forward for further processing.

Key Dates for the FY 2025 H-1B Visa Registration Period

  • March 6, 2024: Opening of the FY 2025 H-1B visa registration process
  • March 20, 2024: Closing of the FY 2025 H-1B visa registration period
  • March 31, 2024: Lottery selection process
  • April 1, 2024: Notifications to selected applicants
  • October 1, 2024: FY 2025 H-1B visa period begins

Online Filing and Organizational Accounts

  • February 28, 2024: Launch of organizational accounts for collaboration on H-1B registrations and petitions.
  • February 28, 2024: Launch of online filing for Form I-129 and Form I-907 for non-cap H-1B petitions.
  • April 1, 2024: USCIS begins accepting online filing for H-1B cap petitions and associated Forms I-907 for selected registrations.

Other Key Details in the USCIS Final Rule

USCIS has introduced this final rule as it aims at strengthening the integrity of the H-1B registration process. The rule focuses on reducing the potential for fraud and ensuring fairness in beneficiary selection. The new rule emphasizes a beneficiary-centric selection process, where registrations will now be selected by unique beneficiaries rather than by registration. USCIS has announced this change to reduce fraud and ensure equal chances for all beneficiaries, irrespective of the number of registrations submitted by an employer.

This final rule empowers USCIS to deny or revoke H-1B petitions if the underlying registration contains false information or is otherwise invalid. Petitions may also be denied or revoked if the registration fee is declined, not reconciled, disputed, or found to be otherwise invalid after submission. The registration fee during the March 2024 registration period will remain $10.

Passport Information Requirement

Starting with the FY 2025 initial registration period, H-1B applicants must provide valid passport information or valid travel document information for each beneficiary. This information should match the passport the beneficiary will use when he or she enters the US with an H-1B visa.

Online Filing and Organizational Accounts

USCIS introduces organizational accounts for collaboration on H-1B registrations and petitions. Companies can open accounts starting February 28, facilitating a streamlined and efficient registration process.

Upcoming Changes to Form I-129: Sneak Peek

Get ready for the latest edition of Form I-129! If you would like to check out a preview of the form, you can visit uscis.gov to take a look at the form featuring an edition date of 04/01/24. Remember, starting April 1, 2024, only the 04/01/24 edition of Form I-129 will be accepted.

Tips for a Successful H-1B Application

Early Preparation

It is well-known that the H-1B visa process is competitive. This means early preparation is crucial. Employers should start gathering necessary documentation, including educational credentials, job descriptions, and other relevant details.

Accurate Filings

It is important to ensure that all information provided in the H-1B visa petition is accurate and up-to-date. Any discrepancies or errors could lead to delays or denials.

Consider Legal Assistance

Employers can consider seeking legal assistance to navigate the complexities of the H-1B visa process. The expertise of immigration attorneys can be invaluable to individuals, ensuring that all necessary requirements are adhered to.

Monitor Key Dates

Stay vigilant and monitor key dates closely. Missing deadlines or failing to respond promptly to notifications can have significant consequences for the application process.


USCIS aims to create a transparent and efficient H-1B visa application process, which is why it has brought about significant changes to the FY 2025 H-1B application process. Employers and beneficiaries are urged to stay informed, adhere to key dates, and leverage the available online filing options for a successful and fair application experience.

Stay tuned for further updates and ensure compliance with the latest regulations for a successful H-1B visa application season.

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