Stateside Visa Renewal Pilot Begins 1/29/24

Renewal of H-1B Nonimmigrant Visas in the U.S. for Certain Qualified Noncitizens

The Department of State (DOS) has announced a pilot program to resume domestic visa renewal for qualified H–1B nonimmigrant visa applicants who meet certain requirements.

Applications will be accepted from January 29 to April 1, 2024. Those who meet the requirements may choose to participate during the application window by applying online. Written comments and related materials must be received on or before midnight April 15, 2024.

Participation in this pilot will be limited to applicants who(se):

1. Are seeking to renew an H–1B visa; during the pilot phase, the Department will not process any other visa classifications;

2. Prior H–1B visa that is being renewed was issued by Mission Canada with an issuance date from January 1, 2020, through April 1, 2023; or by Mission India with an issuance date of February 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021;

3. Are not subject to a nonimmigrant visa issuance fee (Note: this is commonly referred to as a “reciprocity fee”);

4. Are eligible for a waiver of the in-person interview requirement;

5. Have submitted ten fingerprints to the Department in connection with a previous visa application;

6. Prior visa does not include a “clearance received” annotation;

7. Do not have a visa ineligibility that would require a waiver prior to visa issuance;

8. Have an approved and unexpired H–1B petition;

9. Were most recently admitted to the United States in H–1B status;

10. Are currently maintaining H–1B status in the United States;

11. Period of authorized admission in H–1B status has not expired; and

12. Intend to reenter the United States in H–1B status after a temporary period abroad.

For more information on requirements for participation and instructions for application: