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US Immigration Trends in 2024

US Immigration Trends in 2024: A Comprehensive Overview

💼 New Registration procedure for H1-B 

Additional passport information will weed out unique applications and eliminate multiple fraudulent submissions for the same person. Selection will now hinge on the single BENEFICIARY participants. Selection would be based on each unique beneficiary identified in the registration pool, rather than each registration. Each unique beneficiary would be entered in the selection process once, regardless of how many registrations were submitted on their behalf.

🚀 H1-B Visa Renewal inside the U.S. 

In 2024, a noteworthy development to watch out for is the Department of State’s (DOS) pilot program. The program focuses on renewing H-1B visas within the United States. This initiative, with a limited capacity of 20,000 applications, brings positive changes for H-1B visa holders. This is especially true for those who have previously acquired their visa stamps from U.S. consulates in India or Canada.

The application period is scheduled from January 29 to April 1, 2024. It will release approximately 4,000 application slots each week until February 26.

To qualify for this program, applicants must presently be in the U.S. They must have a valid H-1B status and a valid H-1B I-94.

This program represents a significant shift in the visa renewal process. It provides a more streamlined approach for some H-1B holders. It could potentially reduce the need for international travel to obtain visa stamps, a common challenge under the current system.

🤩 Special Work Visa for AI Talent (Artificial Intelligence specialists)

On October 30, 2023, President Biden has issued a wide-ranging Executive Order to establish guidelines for artificial intelligence (AI) security, innovation, and advancement. As it relates to US immigration, these trends include several provisions related to foreign talent in AI.

Both USCIS and the U.S. Department of State are likely to increase their fees in 2024 to meet the inflation demands and the economy changes.

Green Card Backlog shifts 

Here is to hoping that in 2024, we will see significant decreases in visa issuance times. We also hope to see movement in visa bulletins and processing times. I am including immigration courts here as 2023 saw a 3 Million plus of court cases in the U.S. EOIR system.

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