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USCIS Completes Selection Process for FY 2025 H-1B Cap

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the agency has concluded the selection process for the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B numerical allocations, marking a pivotal moment in the visa application process for skilled foreign workers seeking employment opportunities in the United States.

During the initial registration period, USCIS received a sufficient number of electronic registrations for unique beneficiaries to meet the FY 2025 H-1B numerical allocations, including both the regular cap and the advanced degree exemption, commonly referred to as the master’s cap. Employers intending to sponsor foreign nationals for H-1B visas were required to electronically register during the designated period from March 6, 2024 to March 25, 2024.

Utilizing a randomized selection process, USCIS has identified enough properly submitted registrations for unique beneficiaries projected as needed to reach the H-1B cap. All prospective petitioners with selected beneficiaries have been notified of their eligibility to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for these beneficiaries, representing a significant milestone in their journey toward obtaining H-1B visa status in the United States.

The completion of the selection process comes amidst ongoing demand for skilled foreign workers across various sectors of the U.S. economy, highlighting the critical role that the H-1B visa program plays in facilitating talent acquisition and driving innovation in key industries.

For the selected beneficiaries and their prospective employers, this announcement signals an opportunity to navigate the next steps in the H-1B visa application process with confidence and certainty. Securing an H-1B visa not only enables skilled professionals to contribute their expertise to American companies but also fosters economic growth and competitiveness in the global marketplace.

However, for those whose beneficiaries were not selected in the lottery, the news may bring disappointment and uncertainty. The competitive nature of the H-1B visa program underscores the challenges faced by employers and foreign workers alike in navigating the complex U.S. immigration system.

As the FY 2025 H-1B visa application process progresses, USCIS accept H-1B petition filings from April 1, 2024 through June 30, 2024 and will adjudicate petitions from selected beneficiaries in accordance with existing regulations and guidelines. Petitioners must filing using the newest version of Form I-129, at new Lockbox filing locations, and with new filing fees that take effect on April 1st.

The completion of the selection process for the FY 2025 H-1B cap underscores the ongoing importance of immigration reform in the United States. As policymakers, industry stakeholders, and advocacy groups continue to engage in dialogue surrounding immigration policy, the H-1B visa program remains a focal point in discussions aimed at promoting economic growth, innovation, and opportunity for skilled immigrants in America.

In conclusion, the completion of the FY 2025 H-1B initial electronic registration selection process represents a significant milestone in the annual visa application cycle. As selected beneficiaries and their prospective employers embark on the next phase of the H-1B visa application process, the broader conversation around immigration reform and the future of skilled migration in the United States continues to evolve. Despite the challenges and uncertainties, the H-1B visa program remains essential to America’s economic prosperity and global competitiveness in the 21st century.

By: Emily Neumann

Emily Neumann is Managing Partner at Reddy Neumann Brown PC with over 15 years of experience practicing US immigration law providing services to U.S. businesses and multinational corporations. Emily has helped transform the firm from a solo practice to Houston’s largest immigration law firm focused exclusively on U.S. employment-based immigration.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Central Michigan University and her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Houston Law Center. Emily is a frequent speaker and has been quoted in Bloomberg Law, U.S. News & World Report, Inside Higher Ed, and The Times of India on various hot topics in immigration. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Society for Human Resource Management.

Reddy & Neumann has been serving the business community for over 25 years and is Houston’s largest immigration law firm focused solely on U.S. Employment-based immigration. We work with both employers and their employees, helping them navigate the immigration process quickly and cost-effectively.