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On March 17, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) notified the public that it would extend the H-1B cap registration window until Monday, March 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The fiscal year (FY) 2024 H-1B cap registration window opened on March 1, 2023, at noon ET and was scheduled to close on Friday, March 17, 2023, at noon ET. USCIS extended the registration window as a result of technical issues with the registration website.

USCIS reported that “some users were not able to complete the H-1B registration process” on March 16, 2023, due to a “technical issue.” The issue has now been corrected. As a result of the registration system having been down for a period of hours, USCIS will accept new registrations until March 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

USCIS also confirmed that any paid and completed registrations were unaffected by the technical issue.

Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group will continue to monitor developments with respect to these and other policy changes and will post updates on the Immigration blog as additional information becomes available. Important information for employers is also available via the firm’s webinar and podcast programs.



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