H-1B Warning: New Application Rules to Avoid Rejection

Posted on 28 Mar 2024

Thinking about applying for an H-1B visa in the US for 2025? Awesome! Let's make sure you're up to speed with all the latest updates to make your application a breeze. Ever wondered how beneficiaries are chosen? 

Curious about where to send your forms? And what about those pesky fee changes? 

Don't worry, we've got you covered! 

Let's dive into everything you need to know for your H-1B visa application journey. Ready? Let's go!


United States Closes Registration for FY 2025 H-1B Cap Season

The United States ended the sign-up time for the H-1B visas for the year 2025 on March 25, 2024. This time was extended by three days.

USCIS to Pick H-1B Beneficiaries Randomly

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will soon choose the people who can apply for H-1B visas for 2025. They will select them randomly from those who applied.

Change in Where to Send H-1B Forms

Starting April 1, 2024, you need to send your H-1B visa forms to a different place. Now, you must send them to USCIS lockbox locations instead of service centers.

New Fees and Form for H-1B Applications

From April 1, 2024, there are new fees and a new version of Form I-129 for H-1B visa applications. Make sure to use the new form and pay the new fees if you apply after this date.

Tips for Sending Form I-129

    • If you mail your form before April 1, 2024, you can use the old version.
    • If you mail it on or after April 1, 2024, you must use the new version.
    • Only use the version from April 1, 2024, if you mail it on or after that date.

USCIS Changes Premium Processing Fee

USCIS made a rule change about the fee for a faster processing service. If you send the form for this service on or after February 26, 2024, make sure you pay the new fee.

New Online Accounts for Organizations

USCIS now has online accounts for groups. This helps people work together on H-1B applications. You can start using this on March 25 for some applications and on April 1 for others.

No More Prepaid Mailers

From March 25, USCIS stopped using prepaid mailers for H-1B applications. They will now send notices electronically and then by regular mail.


Phew! That's a lot of information to take in, but don't let it overwhelm you. 

Remember, you've got this! With the latest updates on H-1B visa applications in the US at your fingertips, you're well-equipped to tackle any challenges that come your way. Stay organized, double-check those forms, and keep an eye on deadlines. 

And hey, if you ever need a helping hand, don't hesitate to contact us

Your H-1B visa journey may have its twists and turns, but with determination and preparation, you'll reach your destination. Best of luck, and here's to a successful application process!

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