FY 2025 H-1B Selections Have Been Completed

USCIS has reached the number they needed to randomly select enough unique beneficiaries for the H-1B cap and have notified all potential petitioners with selected beneficiaries that they are eligible to now file an H-1B cap-subject application for those individuals.

How To Know If You’ve Been Selected

If registrants go to their online accounts, statuses for each beneficiary they have registered should have their status updated to one of the options below:

“Submitted: The registration has been submitted and is eligible for selection. If the initial selection process has been completed, this registration is still eligible for selection in any subsequent selections for the fiscal year for which it was submitted.

Selected: Selected to file an H-1B cap petition.

Not Selected: Not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition based on this registration.

Denied – duplicate registration: Multiple registrations were submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for the same beneficiary. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.

Invalidated – failed payment:  A registration was submitted but the payment method was declined, not reconciled, or otherwise invalid.

Deleted: The submitted registration has been deleted and is no longer eligible for selection.

Processing submission: USCIS is processing your submission. It may take up to 72 hours for all of your case information to show on the case details page. While it is processing, you will be unable to access your draft.”

Reminders For Filing

H-1B cap-subject petitions for the 2025 Fiscal Year may now begin to be filed with USCIS (beginning April 1st) if they were selected until June 30th, 2024. Starting April 1st, USCIS enforced changes to the forms, fees, and filing locations that have a direct impact on Form I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. The new edition of forms are dated as 04/01/24 edition, and they must be filed with the new fees or USCIS will not accept the petitions. There will be no grace period for filing of the new edition of Form I-129 as it must also contain the new fee.

Keep in mind, if the petitioner would also like to pay the premium processing fee, that cost has also been adjusted for inflation. The new cost for premium processing associated for the H-1B petition is now $2,805 regardless if filed online or by paper.

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If filing by paper take note of the new filing location for H-1B and H-1B1 Form I-129 petitions. They will no longer be filed directly with the USCIS service centers. All paper-based H-1B and H-1B1 (HSC) Form I-129 petitions are now to be filed at USCIS lockbox locations. This change includes cap, non-cap, and cap-exempt H-1B filings. Much like the form editions, this change will not receive a grace period. If an H-1B or H-1B1 (HSC) petition is received at a USCIS service center after April 1, 2024, that petition will be rejected and will not retain a filing date.

If the petition is rejected due to it being filed at the wrong location it may be refiled at the correct location or online. H-1B cap subject petitions that were rejected due to being filed at the wrong location may also be refiled at the correct location as long as it is refiled within the 90-day filing window listed on the selection notice.

If you were selected or not and you have questions regarding how to proceed next, contact our office to speak with an attorney who can assist you through the H-1B process or re-evaluate your case. Contact us here or give our office a call at 919.833.0840.

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