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Practice Notice: Early in 2024, DOS anticipates launching the Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot.

On October 17, 2023, the Department of State sent to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs a Federal Register notice titled Pilot Program to Resume Renewal of H-1B Nonimmigrant Visas in the United States for Certain Qualified Noncitizens for review. Once it is released, this document will outline the requirements for being able to take part in the Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot Program (pilot program).

While full details of the scope of the pilot program will be shared in the Federal Register notice when published, below are mentioned details about the program

  • Begin in early 2024;
  • Be limited to H-1B principals only;
  • Be limited to nationals of countries that are not subject to reciprocity fees;
  • India will be one of the eligible countries to participate in the pilot program;
  • Have eligibility requirements like those for participation in the interview waiver program;
  • Be available for 20,000 applicants; and
  • Be voluntary participation.

The initial launch of the stateside renewal program will be a limited pilot to test out the operationality of the stateside renewal program. DOS has expressed its strong intent to expand this program after the initial launch has allowed them to work out any operational issues.

This article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any immigration questions, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).