Client Alert: USCIS Finally Publishes the Dates for the New Fiscal Year’s H-1B lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published some important dates to keep in mind regarding the upcoming H-1B registration for the upcoming H-1B lottery. This year, the online registration period for the H-1B lottery will begin on March 6 at 12:00 pm (EST) and run through March 22 at 12:00 pm (EST). Employers and their attorneys must wait until March 6 to enter beneficiary information and submit the registration fee. Below is a chart of important dates for your reference:


February 28


USCIS will launch new organizational accounts in the USCIS online account system.

March 6 H-1B registration period opens at noon EST.
March 22 H-1B registration period closes at noon EST.
March 31 Date by which USCIS intends to notify selected registrants.

The H-1B registration requests the employer’s:

  • name,
  • primary address,
  • federal employer ID number (FEIN), and
  • authorized signatory’s contact information.

It must also state the foreign national’s:

  • name,
  • gender,
  • date of birth,
  • country of birth and citizenship,
  • passport number, and
  • whether s/he has at least a master’s degree from a U.S. institution.

Another big change starting with the FY 2025 initial registration period, USCIS will require registrants to provide valid passport information or valid travel document information of the beneficiary, if or when abroad, intends to use to enter the United States if issued an H-1B visa. Each beneficiary must only be registered under one passport or travel document.

If you have a candidate you would like entered into the 2025 H-1B lottery, please forward copies of the candidates biographic page of their passport, degree(s), and transcript(s). While the registration does not ask about the proposed job duties or work site location, our office will need this information in order to establish that the individual qualifies for an H-1B specialty occupation related to their degree.

This alert is for informational purposes only. If you or your family members have any questions about the H-1B Program, please do not hesitate to contact us at The Poonah Immigration Law Firm. You can reach us by emailing or by calling us at 678-978-5848.