The U.S. has received enough petitions needed to reach the commission’s 65,000 H-1B visas for the 2022 fiscal year, a government agency has announced.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant passport that allows U.S. companies to hire foreign workers in specialized jobs that require specialization or technology. Technology companies rely on it to hire thousands of workers each year from countries such as India and China.
The H-1B visa program is the most widely accepted visa application form among foreign professionals, including Indians.
As mandated by the U.S. Senate, the U.S. can issue a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visa equivalent caps and 20,000 H-1B U.S. visa clearance units each year.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which oversees all types of applications every year announced on Monday that it has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the authorized 65,000 commission. Regular H-1B visa and 20,000 US H-1B visa. establishment, known as master cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2022.
“We have completed sending non-selective notifications to the online accounts of the registrars. Conditions for properly enrolled submissions for FY 2022 H-1B, but not selected, will now appear: No Select: Not selected – not eligible to file a H-1B cap application based on this registry, ”he said.
USCIS will continue to receive and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap, he said.
“Petitions filed for current H-1B personnel who have already been read against the cap, and who have retained their cap number, are exempt from the FY 2022 H-1B cap,” the federal agency said.
Meanwhile, USCIS will continue to accept and process comparable petitions to extend the length of time a current H-1B worker can be in the US; change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers; allow current H-1B workers to change employers, and allow current H-1B workers to work at the same time in additional H-1B positions.
While the Congressional cap is 65,000; not all non-immigrant H-1B passports (or status certificates) are under this year’s cap. In particular, approximately 6,800 passports are allocated to 65,000 per fiscal year for the H-1B1 program under the rules governing the implementation of the free trade agreements US-Chile and US-Singapore.
Unused passports in this group are available for H-1B use for next year’s H-1B cap.
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