On October 17, 2023, the Department of State (DOS) sent a Federal Register notice for review, entitled “Pilot Program to Resume Renewal of H-1B Nonimmigrant Visas in the United States for Certain Qualified Noncitizens.” 

While full details will be shared once published in the Federal Register notice, it is anticipated that the program will:   

  • 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, similar to those for participation in the interview waiver program; 
  • Be available for 20,000 applicants; and 
  • Be voluntary participation. 

Our office will continue to monitor this and provide updates, as they become available.