USCIS Receives Record-Setting 780,000+ Registrations for 85,000 H-1B Visas in FY 2024

Michael T. Jackson, SHRM-CP - May 02 2023
Published in: Mobility
| Updated May 03 2023
Just 14.6 percent selected to file a petition amid USCIS concerns about an exceptionally high number of individuals submitting multiple eligible registrations. 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on 28 April that it received a record 780,884 registrations during the FY 2024 H-1B cap submission window, of which only 14.6 percent (110,791) of those eligible were selected to file a petition. This year’s total registration volume reflects a 61 percent increase over FY 2023 levels (483,427). Selection rates for FY 2024 mark a 12 percent decline from FY 2023 and correlate with feedback previously shared by in-house mobility professions based on their internal analysis of submitted registrations. 

The agency also said that the number of eligible registrations from individuals submitting multiple registrations had more than doubled from last year, reaching a record level of 408,891.  USCIS indicated that this level “raised serious concerns that some may have tried to gain an unfair advantage by working together to submit multiple registrations on behalf of the same beneficiary.” USCIS stated that fraud investigations are ongoing and that petition denials, revocations and referrals to law enforcement agencies were occurring as a result.   

The Wall Street Journal reported on 28 April that “several dozen” small companies were believed to be primarily behind the registration surge. According to the Wall Street Journal, the companies involved are in the tech and information technology sectors but “aren’t household names.” 

Worldwide ERC will continue to monitor developments and provide updates to its members related to the FY 2024 H-1B cap process.