According to the article “Pilot for H-1B Domestic Visa Renewal Clears White House Review” by Andrew Kreighbaum:
The U.S. is launching a pilot program for H-1B holders, allowing a limited number to renew visas within the country without leaving. The program, approved by the White House, aims to address long wait times for consular services, particularly affecting H-1B workers, often in the tech industry. Currently, these workers must secure a visa stamp abroad, causing delays and uncertainty especially in countries like India. The pilot, set to start in January with 20,000 participants, passed its final regulatory hurdle on December 15. Specific details will be outlined in a forthcoming notice in the Federal Register.