The US will conduct a second H-1B lottery for the fiscal year 2024.

For the fiscal year (FY) 2024 H-1B cap, USCIS conducted an initial random selection in March 2023 on correctly completed electronic registrations, including for beneficiaries qualified for the advanced degree exemption. Only petitioners who have been chosen to register for FY-024 may submit H-1B cap-subject petitions. For individuals who had chosen registrations for FY 2024, the initial filing window ran from April 1 through June 30, 2023.

The annual H-1B cap visa quota is 85,000 (which includes 20,000 visas under the Masters’ cap allotted to beneficiaries with advanced degrees from US universities), but this year due to the extremely high number of applications and consequently high rate of rejections, many of those who were not selected had been hoping for a second lottery by USCIS.

Second lottery for fiscal year 2024

The organization has not stated if it will hold a second lottery or make a random pick from already filed registrations for the H-1B cap for the financial year 2024. “We just found that in order to fill the numerical allocations for FY 2024, extra registrants would need to be chosen. We will soon use a random selection process to choose additional registrations from previously submitted electronic registrations, according to a statement from USCIS.

We will announce once we have completed this second selection process and have notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations from this round of selection that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration. “Those with selected registrations will have their myUSCIS accounts updated to include a selection notice, which includes details of when and where to file,” the statement added.

What is H-1B visa
The H-1B visa programme allows companies and other employers in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialised knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, business specialties, accounting, law, theology, and the arts.

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