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Anticipating H-1B Visa Reforms in 2024: Changes in the Lottery System

By January 4, 2024March 22nd, 2024No Comments

In March 2024, a significant shift is expected in the H-1B visa selection process, following policy announcements made by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on October 23, 2023.

The Current Challenge

Presently, USCIS employs a lottery system when the number of H-1B applications filed by companies surpasses the annual limit of 85,000 visas. This has led to an influx of registrations, including multiple submissions from the same individuals, resulting in a complex situation.

The Proposed Reform

To address this issue, USCIS has proposed a reform in the selection process for FY24. The key change involves selecting H-1B registrations based on unique beneficiaries rather than individual registration entries. This means that beneficiaries can still have multiple registrations submitted on their behalf, but selection will be based on each unique beneficiary identified in the registration pool. This shift aims to eliminate duplicate entries and streamline the process.

Utilizing Passport Information

To implement this reform effectively, USCIS will use passport information to identify and verify beneficiaries. This approach will ensure fairness and transparency in the selection process, preventing any one individual or entity from dominating the lottery with multiple submissions.

What to Expect

If you are an employer or an individual seeking an H-1B visa, these impending reforms will significantly impact the selection process. It is essential to stay informed and prepared for the changes set to take effect in March 2024. By understanding these adjustments, you can navigate the H-1B visa process more efficiently and enhance your chances of success.

In Conclusion

The forthcoming H-1B visa reforms in 2024 promise to bring fairness and efficiency to the selection process. USCIS’s decision to select beneficiaries rather than individual registrations is a positive step towards addressing the challenges posed by multiple submissions. As we anticipate these changes, staying informed and seeking legal guidance when necessary will be crucial for successfully securing an H-1B visa in the evolving landscape.

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