The news we have all been waiting for is finally here. Today, July 31, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship, and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they have conducted a second lottery to select from previously submitted electronic registrations to reach the FY 2024 numerical cap.
At this time, USCIS has notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations from this round of selection (the second lottery) that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.
Only petitioners with selected registrations are eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2024, and only for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration notice.
Please see the information below for a reminder about what you can expect now that the second lottery has been completed.
How will I know if I was selected in the second lottery?
Petitioners with selected registrations will have their myUSCIS online accounts updated to include a selection notice, which includes details of when and where to file. If you submitted your electronic registration with the assistance of an attorney, you must contact your legal representative/case manager to determine whether you were selected in the second randomized lottery.
If I am selected in the second lottery, when can I submit my paper application by mail?
Only petitioners who were selected in the second lottery will be able to file a paper application with USCIS on behalf of the alien worker. The filing period will be disclosed on your official selection notice accessible on your myUSCIS account.
Petitioner’s will need to include a printed copy of the applicable registration selection notice with the FY 2024 H-1B cap-subject petition. No online filing system is currently available. Petitioners should ensure that they send their paper application to the correct service center within the filing period indicated on the registration selection notice.
If I have been selected, does that mean I will receive an H-1B visa?
No. Registration selection only means that petitioners are eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions. It does not mean that the petition will be approved and there is no guarantee of approval.
Petitioners filing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must still submit evidence and establish eligibility for petition approval based on existing statutory and regulatory requirements. The burden of proving eligibility always falls upon the petitioner who is filing the H-1B petition on behalf of the alien worker.
To read the USCIS announcement please click here.
For USCIS updates on the FY 2024 H-1B Cap Season click here.
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