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USCIS Received 781K H1B Registrations for FY 2024 Season

As most of you know, USCIS conducted H1B Lottery for the fiscal year(FY) 2024 season during last week of March 2023, and many have been eagerly waiting to know the total count of H1B registrations, how many were selected, and other common statistics related to the H1B Visa 2024 season.

USCIS updated its H1B registration page and sent an update to its stakeholders with all the details. In this article, we will review all those details and look at the insights around the chances of the second-round lottery.

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USCIS completed second round H1B Lottery for FY 2024 Season. They selected 77,600 in Second Round Lottery for FY 2024 Season.

Background of H1B 2024 Season, Lottery

USCIS, as part of their standard H1B registration process, for the H1B FY 2024 season, accepted H1B registrations starting from March 1st, 2023, until March 20th, 2023. They announced that the first round H1B Lottery was completed on March 27th, 2023, and they informed all the employers related to the selected applications. They did not release any numbers of the total registrations or other statistics. Read more at USCIS reaches H1B 2024 cap, lottery done.

All the employers with selected applicants during the first round lottery can file for an H1B petition with USCIS from April 1st until June 30th, 2023. They have 90 days to file an H1B petition. If they do not file during that window, the selected H1B registration is considered wasted, and you cannot transfer or do anything with it. You can read the next steps after H1B Lottery.

Now that we have the background let’s dive into the details released by USCIS around H1B 2024 registrations numbers.

781K H1B Registrations Submitted for FY 2024 Season

USCIS has updated its H1B Registrations page today, indicating details about the total number of H1B Registrations submitted during the FY 2024 season. Below are the facts and insights.

H1B Registrations Statistics for FY 2024 Season

  • Total Submitted: USCIS said, they received a total of 780,884 (approximately 781K) H1B Registrations for the FY 2024 season.
  • Total Eligible: Of the total 781K H1B registrations submitted, the total number of eligible H1B registrations stood at 758,994 (approximately 757K).
  • Why Difference: The difference of 21,890 (780,884 -758,994) between submitted vs. eligible registrations is accounted for the duplicate registrations, failed payments, and others deleted by employers before the close of the registration period
  • One Employer Only H1B Applicants: Of the total eligible 757K H1B registrations, the number of H1B applicants with only one H1B registration stood at 350,103(approximately 350K). This means that all these 350,103 applicants filed H1B registration with only one employer and had only one H1B job offer.
  • Multiple Employers Filed H1B Applicants: Of the total eligible 757K H1B registrations, the number of H1B applicants with multiple H1B registrations stood at 408,891(approximately 409K). This means all these 408,891 applicants filed H1B registrations with more than one H1B employer as they had multiple H1B offers.
  • Selected H1B Registrations: USCIS Selected 110,791 H1B registrations from the total H1B registrations pool to reach the H1B cap of 85,000. They have picked about 25,791 (110,791-85,000) more H1B registrations than the actual H1B Cap quota to account for denials, non-filings, etc.

H1B FY 2024 Registration Selection Odds, Metrics

I am not that big of a statistician. But, let’s do some simple math to come up with some facts and find the ratio of registrations to available H1B Visa Quota Cap:

H1B Lottery Selection Odds

  • Registrations / Availability Ratio = 780,884/85,000 = 9.19
  • The above ratio means that for 1 H1B visa cap slot, USCIS received 9.19 H1B registrations. If we round it, USCIS got about 9 H1B registrations for one available H1B cap slot.
  • The chances of selection are: 85,000/780,884 = 10.89%
  • The above percentage means that out of 100 H1B registrations submitted, only 11 would be selected in the H1B Lottery.

Comparison with FY 2023 Season

  • If we compare H1B FY 2024 with H1B FY 2023 season, during the previous year for FY 2023, there were 483,927 H1B registrations. Now, for FY 2024, there are about 296,957 more H1B registrations filed.
  • It is a 61.36% increase in the total H1B registrations submitted for FY 2024 compared to FY 2023.

Lesser H1B Lottery Selections for FY 2024

  • For FY 2023, USCIS selected 127,600 H1B registrations. Compared to this year, they only selected 110,791. They have selected 16,809 lesser H1B registrations than the previous fiscal year.
  • Technically they selected about 13.17% lesser number of H1B registrations than the previous year.
  • USCIS’s rationale for selecting a lower number of H1B registrations for FY 2024 is for two reasons:
    • They expect a higher percentage of selected applicants in the H1B registration lottery would file an H1B petition this year than in previous years.
    • Also, they expect more H1B1 approvals for the current fiscal year. If you do not know, there is a 6,800 count allocated to the H1B1 program, which also part of the 85,000. You can read more at H1B Quota Cap – Regular vs. Masters, H1B1

USCIS has not released any data on the split of the H1B registrations by Masters quota vs. Regular quota and other metrics related to employers. In previous years, they used to release those numbers, but this year, they did not include those numbers.

H1B Registrations Filing Trend FY 2021- FY 2024

USCIS also released the complete data set related to the previous four years as part of this year’s data update. Below are the H1B registrations and lottery selections trend during the last four fiscal years.

Total H1B Registrations Submission and Selection Trend FY 2021 to FY 2024
Total H1B Registrations Submissions and Selection Trend FY 2021 to FY 2024

In terms of the H1B registrations submissions & selection data released by USCIS, below is the exact table that USCIS released. The above graph is also based on the below data in the table.

H1B Fiscal YearTotal H1B Registrations SubmittedEligible H1B Registrations RegistrationsEligible H1B Registrations with only one H1B Employer Filing for an ApplicantEligible Registrations with Multiple Employers filing H1B for an ApplicantTotal H1B Selections in Lottery Process (one or more rounds)
2021274,237269,424241,29928,125124,415
2022308,613301,447211,30490,143131,924
2023483,927474,421309,241165,180127,600
2024780,884758,994350,103408,891110,791
History of H1B Registrations filing with USCIS from Fiscal Year 2021 to FY 2024

You should also read H1B Historical Data from FY 2000 to FY 2024, Trends, Extra Selections for full understanding of the trends.

USCIS Guidance on multiple H1B registrations, Fraud for FY 2024

Below are some of the insights and their guidance related to multiple H1B registrations and fraud.

  • Significant increase in multiple H1B registrations: USCIS said that the enormous increase in the number of multiple H1 registrations submitted by employers for the same applicant has raised some serious concerns on their end. They believe that some employers may have abused the system. In terms of numbers, last year for FY 2023, it was 165,180 and this year, it went up to 408,891. In total, about 243,711 additional multiple H1B registrations were submitted by employers. This is a 147% increase in the multiple H1B registrations submitted by employers.
  • Committed to preventing abuse of the H1B Program: USCIS re-iterated that they are committed to preventing abuse and fraud committed by employers and applicants who tried to game the system and filed multiple H1B registrations without proper job offer or intent. In fact, they issued many Notice of Intent to Deny(NOID) for many who filed multiple H1B registrations during the fiscal year 2023.
  • Attestation by Employers: They said that all the employers did sign under penalty of perjury(attested) that everything they submitted was true and had a genuine offer and there was nothing done to increase the lottery chances. If USCIS believes any fraud was done, they will deny such petitions, revoke the approvals that were falsely attested and then enforce federal investigation. They said that they have already denied many who tried to commit fraud in FY 2023 season and taken extensive fraud investigations related to them as well.
  • Report Fraud: If you know anyone who committed fraud with H1B registrations, you can report fraud by providing more details at USCIS Tip Form.

Will there be Second Round H1B Lottery for FY 2024?

This is probably the most asked question in the last one month or so, since the first lottery results came out for FY 2024 season. Many speculations were floating around in social media that there are going to be 700K registrations, and sadly, it came true. As per our H1B 2024 Lottery Predictions, we were expecting about 600K registrations to be filed, but we missed the mark by over 180K as this year’s numbers stood at 781K. I guess that is life and we never anticipate the fraud in our numbers.

Compared to the previous year’s selections, USCIS selected about 16,809 lesser H1B selections for FY 2024. So, this gives some speculation that there could be a second-round lottery. Also, considering the potential fraud, there could be more denials and revocations. The economy is not doing that great for tech workers too, all of these can add up and there may be a chance for second-round lottery. We will do a detailed analysis on this in a subsequent article, stay tuned.

What do you think of the H1B numbers by USCIS for FY 2024? Will there be second-round lottery? Share your thoughts in comments section below.

Reference: Check USCIS H1B Registration Page

   

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35 Comments

  1. Hello Sir,
    I am on F1-OPT now and my spouse is on F2 visa. My H1B and H4(I539) applications are got approved. Could you please let us know if my spouse qualifies for the drobox option and what steps we should follow? or he has to attend the interview again. FYI right now we both are in USA.
    Please let me know. Thanks in advance for your time and help!

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  2. Hello, I have a question if you can let me know then it will be helpful.

    One of my friend was selected in the first lottery selection this year for H1B. Now he is waiting for the approval document. His lawyer said on 20th July that petition (h1b application) was approved. But waiting for the USCIS documents yet.

    Do you know how long it takes to receive the approval documents for Visa Stamping?

    Thanks in advance.

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  3. Hi Kumar and all community members,

    Did anyone receive approval on the filed application? now that they have declared the 2nd round of lottery, i was hoping they would have evaluated all the filed applications.

    Any views?

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  4. I would like to see H1-B eligibility limited to international students who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. university. Otherwise, there is no advantage to paying the high tuition fees.

    Reply
    • It is said that the winners of H1-B visas are those whose nationality is 70% specific. As with green cards, I want fair winners to be selected by nationality.

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  5. I would like H1-B to be limited to international students who have a bachelor’s degree from an American university. Otherwise, you don’t have the benefit of paying high tuition.

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  6. Hello
    Urjent information needed plz anyone help
    Currently in india my h1 got selected last year
    My petition got approved but now my current client is not providing client letter for my visa interview
    Can I change to another client who can provide client letter

    Urjent reply needed

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  7. The fact that if someone has a genuine offer from multiple companies and hence has multiple entries itself boosts the chances?
    Does a person gets picked multiple times with multiple employers if that is the case?
    Why is USCIS not smart enough to have a better plan before the lottery and avoid multiple entries or better teat it as one entry and later decide which employer gets the petition. Later they can chase employers with fraudulent petitions
    People who are not chosen because only one employer applied for them have significantly less chance and is just unfair to the employee

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  8. You are so jealous Pallapati. Even most of us stick with one full-time employer

    *Submitting Multiple Registrations*

    While this registration process makes entering the lottery easier for sponsors, they must follow some rules to avoid disqualification. A single sponsor cannot file more than one registration for any one beneficiary. However, a single sponsor can file registrations for multiple beneficiaries, and a *single beneficiary can have numerous registrations filed by various sponsors*

    Example :- David is being sponsored by *three employers*. Each of these three employers files a single registration for David, which totals *three registrations*. Because only one registration was filed per employer, *all three of David’s registrations are valid*

    The system itself allows multiple registrations with multiple sponsors

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  9. I Am Abanker .I Have Seven Years Bank Experience.I Have A Master Award,M.SC. In Accounting And Finance,Diploma Accounting And Management And Degree In Accounting And I Have Driver License.So Please Help Me Sir.I Am From Ethiopia -Tigray Region.Tigray- Ethiopia Three Years Under The Entire By Government Of Ethiopia By The Case Civil War .So Please Consider The Situation Of Country.

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  10. I am driver I have 14 year driving experience in Karachi Pakistan and I have also saudi driving license with two year driving experience in Riyadh city saudia arabia

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  11. Hi Kumar,
    My son 7 times no luck from Infosys.
    If any second round will conduct H1b Lottery for FY2024 .
    what are the chances for general cap ?

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  12. H1B result is not satisfied .those student three times chance not get h1b .student dispiond this result. So many frauds entry. Pls g
    Help government this type of problem.
    Pls chance to student get h1b .

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  13. Shameless…Why this peer pressure..By stealinh others opportunity what they are going to achieve..They will be also caught and the genuine persons would have lost their opportunity.. The lottery system to be improved or totally obolished and wage based system to be introduced and most of them will go away.

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  14. Justice served 😀. Hope they will look into previous years data as well and do the necessary Visa revocations on Visa abuse applicants and employers!

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  15. I wish & hope that all multiple registrations be canceled instantly. This is wild especially for people like me who stick with one full-time employer and being legit about everything.

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    • The world is not straight brother ! there is a loop hole and people are using it , we cant do anything about it

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