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The Changes to H-1B Registration and Lottery Process

Hi William,

What is the new rule for H-1B registration of this year? Is there any fee increase?


A H-1B registrant still will be required to submit a separate electronic registration for each cap-subject H-1B candidate the company seeks to sponsor for the next fiscal year. And, as before, more than one U.S. employer may submit registrations for the same individual. Under the new rule, however, the foreign national will be limited to no more than a single entry in the lottery system, irrespective of the number of registrations submitted for that individual.

If an individual beneficiary is selected, all registrants that submitted a registration for that beneficiary will be notified. Each of those registrants then will be eligible to file an H-1B petition on behalf of the beneficiary during the filing period.

The final rule also provides flexibility regarding the requested start date of the petition. Rather than requiring the petitioner to request an October 1st start date for selections made in the first round of the lottery, it now generally will be permissible to request any start date of the applicable fiscal year, not to exceed six months beyond the filing date of the petition.

The registration filing fee will remain $10 for the FY2025 H-1B registration period. However, the DHS will be increasing nearly all filing fees in April 2024, including the H-1B registration fee. So, the registration fee for next year will be $215 per registration.

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