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Updates and Guidelines on FY 2025 H-1B Cap Season

As we started off on the fiscal year (FY) 2025 H-1B cap season, it’s essential to assert the latest developments and guidelines outlined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As of April 1, 2024, USCIS has finalized the selection process for the FY 2025 H-1B cap, prospective petitioners need to be well-informed about key updates, filing procedures, and important reminders to ensure a smooth process. Here at ALO Law, we’re dedicated to providing comprehensive insights to navigate this process as well as possible.

Filing Period Commencement:

Petitioners with selected beneficiaries can commence filing H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2025. It’s important to adhere to the specified filing period and include a copy of the selection notice along with the petition. Additionally, evidence of the beneficiary’s valid passport or travel document used during registration must be provided. The period for filing the H-1B cap-subject petitions will be at least 90 days.

New Fees and Form Edition:

Effective since April 1, 2024, USCIS has implemented new fees for immigration applications and petitions. Petitioners must ensure compliance with the updated fee structure and utilize the latest edition of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. There will be no grace period for filing the new form edition, emphasizing the importance of timely submissions.

Premium Processing Fee Adjustment:

A recent adjustment to the premium processing fee for Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, has also been instituted to account for inflation. Petitioners should take note of this change, effective since February 26, 2024, to avoid rejection of filings due to incorrect fee submissions.

H-1B Form I-129 Filing Location Change:

From April 1, 2024, all paper-based H-1B Form I-129 petitions must be filed at USCIS lockbox locations, marking a transition from direct filings at USCIS service centers. Petitioners must adhere to the designated mailing addresses to avoid rejection of filings.


Navigating the FY 2025 H-1B cap season necessitates a thorough understanding of the latest regulations, filing procedures, and technological advancements introduced by USCIS. By staying informed by legal experts, such as ALO Law, petitioners can navigate this complex process with confidence and compliance.

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).