New Organizational H-1B Registration Accounts Launched

On February 28, 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) added another program in their roster of improvements to the visa process in 2024 by launching myUSCIS organizational accounts. These accounts bring a collaborative edge, allowing multiple individuals within an organization and their legal representatives to work together seamlessly on H-1B registrations, petitions, and associated Form I-907 for Premium Processing. Notably, a new organizational account is now a prerequisite for participating in the H-1B Electronic Registration Process commencing in March 2024.

Key Requirement: New Organizational Account for H-1B Electronic Registration

As we mentioned above, to partake in the H-1B Electronic Registration Process, which begins in March 2024, organizations and their representatives must create a new organizational account. This innovative approach streamlines collaboration and ensures a more efficient application process.

Addressing Technical Hurdles for Legal Representatives

The USCIS is swiftly addressing any technical issues that may arise for legal representatives. If your account migrated after logging in on or after February 14, 2024, and you encountered issues, USCIS encourages you to log back in. They are diligently working on technical fixes to resolve these issues. For additional support and resources, review the Organizational Accounts Frequently Asked Questions page.

H-1B FY 2025 Registration Period

The initial registration period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 H-1B cap is set to open at noon Eastern on March 6, 2024, and will run through noon Eastern on March 22, 2024. Prospective petitioners and their representatives, if applicable, must utilize a USCIS online account during this period to electronically register each beneficiary for the selection process. Additionally, the associated registration fee for each beneficiary must be paid.

Passport Information Requirement

Starting with the FY 2025 registration, USCIS now requires registrants to provide valid passport information or valid travel document information for each beneficiary. The provided passport or travel document must align with the one the beneficiary intends to use when entering the United States if granted an H-1B visa. Each beneficiary should be registered under only one passport or travel document.

Online Filing Timeline

In March, USCIS is set to launch online filing of Form I-129 and associated Form I-907 for non-cap H-1B petitions. Following this, on April 1, USCIS will commence accepting online filing for H-1B cap petitions and associated Forms I-907 for petitioners whose registrations have been selected.

Tech Talks Sessions: Your Guide through the Process

To guide organizations and legal representatives through these changes, USCIS initiated Tech Talks sessions in February 2024. These sessions provide a platform for individuals to ask questions about organizational accounts and the online filing of Form I-129 for H-1B petitions. USCIS strongly encourages all individuals involved in the H-1B registration and petition filing process to attend these sessions. Find additional information and session dates on the Upcoming National Engagements page.

Embarking on the H-1B application journey has never been more collaborative and accessible with the introduction of myUSCIS organizational accounts. Stay informed, attend the Tech Talks sessions, and navigate the new process with confidence.