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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has confirmed the attainment of the congressionally established quotas for the fiscal year (FY) 2024. This includes both the standard cap of 65,000 H-1B visas and the additional 20,000 visas under the U.S. advanced degree exemption, commonly referred to as the master’s cap.

In the coming days, USCIS intends to notify applicants who were not selected for the FY 2024 H-1B numerical allocations through their respective online accounts. For registrations that were properly submitted but not chosen, the status will indicate “Not Selected: Not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition based on this registration.”

While the regular cap has been met, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that fall under exemptions from the cap. This includes petitions for current H-1B workers who have been previously counted against the cap and still hold their cap number. The agency will proceed to process petitions aimed at extending the tenure of current H-1B workers in the United States, altering their employment terms, facilitating employer changes, and enabling concurrent employment in additional H-1B positions.

The H-1B program serves as a means for U.S. businesses to engage foreign workers in specialized occupations. USCIS advises prospective H-1B petitioners to stay informed about updates during the cap season by subscribing to the H-1B Cap Season page for email notifications.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation. Our dedicated team is here to support you through the petition process and address any concerns you may have.