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H-1B visa: The US reaches the cap for 2023

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H-1B Cap

The US has received a sufficient number of applications expected to reach the Congressionally mandated 65,000 H1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2023, the country’s federal agency for immigration services said on Tuesday.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US organizations to use foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

Technology organizations depend upon it to recruit a huge number of employees every year from nations like India and China.

The H-1B visa program is the most sought work visa among foreign professionals, including Indians.

The US reaches the H1B Cap for 2023

“USCIS has gotten an adequate number of petitions needed to reach the Congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap. And the 20,000 H-1B visa US advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. For the fiscal year 2023,” the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement.

Moreover, USCIS has completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts.

The status for registrations was properly submitted for the FY 2023 H-1B numerical allocations. Yet that were not chosen, will currently show. “Not Selected: Not selected – not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition based on this registration,” it said.

In the meantime, the federal agency will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap, it said.

[United States may not conduct a second H-1B visa lottery for FY23]

“Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap. Those who still retain their cap number, are exempt from the FY 2023 H-1B cap,” it said.

However, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker. It might stay in the US, and change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers. Also, allow current H-1B workers to change employers, and allow current H-1B workers to work simultaneously in extra H-1B positions, it added.

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