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USCIS to accept H-1B visa registrations for FY 2023 on March 1, 2022

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H-1B Cap Registrations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday announced that the initial registration period for the FY 2023 H-1B cap will open around early afternoon Eastern on 1st March 2022 and run through early afternoon Eastern on 18th March 2022. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will want to complete and submit their registrations using USCIS online-based H-1B registration system.

USCIS will assign a confirmation number to every registration submitted for the FY 2023 H-1B cap. This number is used solely to track registrations; you can’t use this number to track your case status in Case Status Online.

Prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are needed to utilize a myUSCIS online account to register every beneficiary electronically for the selection process and pay the associated $10 H-1B registration fee for each registration submitted on behalf of every beneficiary. Prospective petitioners submitting their registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, all things considered, known as “registrants”) will utilize a “registrant” account. Registrants will want to create new accounts starting around early afternoon Eastern on 21st February 2022.

Representatives might add customers to their accounts at any time. However, the two representatives and registrants must wait until March 1st, 2022. To enter beneficiary data and submit the registration with the $10 fee. Prospective petitioners or their representatives will be able to submit registrations for multiple beneficiaries in a single online session. Through the account, they will be able to prepare, edit, and store draft registrations before the last payment and submission of each registration.

FY 2023 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March 1

If we get enough registrations by 18th March 2022, we will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts. We plan to inform account holders by March 31st, 2022.

An H-1B cap-subject petition, including a petition for a beneficiary who is eligible for the advanced degree exemption. May only be filed by a petitioner whose registration for the beneficiary named in the H-1B petition was chosen in the H-1B registration process.

Every year, the US issues 65,000 new H-1B visas, with another 20,000 saved for US Masters’ degree holders. Indians have been among the biggest beneficiaries of this visa program. Getting around 70% of the new visas given every year. Over the last few years, the USCIS has needed to conduct different lotteries to allocate all the visas. As it didn’t get receive enough final applications following the initial selection. This was attributed to a mix of factors, including reduced travel and mobility on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.

[DHS Announces Availability of 20,000 Additional H-2B Visas for First Half of FY 2022]

Amazon had the most approved H-1B petitions for initial employment in FY 2021 with 6,182 approvals. Followed by Infosys (5,256), TCS (3,063), Wipro (2,121) Cognizant (1,481), Google (1,453), IBM (1,402), HCL America (1,299) and Microsoft (1,240). The overall rate of visa denials dropped to 4% in FY2021. Following a change in how USCIS adjudicates applications for workers employed at third-party sites.

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