Employers filing H-1B cap petitions for fiscal year 2025 are reminded that the filing period closes June 30.

Key Points:

  • Petitioners must file a petition for candidates who were selected in the H-1B lottery by June 30 in order for the petition to be considered.
  • Only petitioners with selected registrations may file H-1B cap-subject petitions for the beneficiary named in the selected registration notice.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received 479,953 total registrations for this year’s H-1B lottery, a figure substantially lower than last year’s record-breaking 780,884. The agency attributed the decline to the undertaking of fraud investigations and implementation of the new beneficiary-centric selection process.

BAL Analysis: Companies should work with their BAL professional to ensure that their H-1B cap petitions are filed before the June 30 deadline. Employers may also wish to work with their BAL attorney to consider alternatives for registrations that were not selected in March’s lottery. BAL will continue to monitor whether USCIS will conduct a second round of H-1B selections for FY 2025.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group.

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