During the initial registration period, the US received enough electronic applications to fill the H-1B foreign worker visa quota for the fiscal year 2022, the most sought-after work visa among Indian professionals. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency in charge of screening and allocating H-1B visas, said it was chosen at random from among the correctly submitted registrations to meet the limit.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables US businesses to hire foreign workers in specialized occupations that require theoretical or technological knowledge. It is reliant on it for the hiring of tens of thousands of workers each year from countries such as India and China. All prospective petitioners with selected registrations have been informed by the USCIS that they are entitled to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the relevant selected registration.
H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal 2022, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, can be filed with the USCIS beginning April 1 is based on current, selected registration, according to the federal agency. Last month, the USCIS announced that it had received enough petitions to meet the 65,000 H-1B visa daily limit and the 20,000 H-1B visa US advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap, set by Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2021.
In February, the Biden administration announced that it would postpone the previous Trump administration’s H-1B policy on the allocation of common foreign work visas by using a lottery system until December 31, 2021, giving the immigration agency more time to design, evaluate, and enforce the system’s changes. On January 7, the USCIS announced that it will no longer use the conventional lottery scheme to pick H-1B visa applicants. The Trump-era regulation was set to take effect on March 9.