As applicants around the world face difficulties completing the application process, the United States may extend its H-1B registration deadline.
“Some users are currently unable to finish the H-1B registration process. We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused and are working to resolve the issue. The registration deadline will be extended. In a tweet, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated, “Stay tuned for additional details.”
However, the initial registration period for the 2024 H-1B cap began on 1st March 2023 and was scheduled to end on 17th March 2023.
“USCIS will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts if we receive sufficient registrations by 17th March. All registrations that were properly submitted during the initial registration period will be chosen if we do not receive sufficient applications. According to a press release issued by the immigration agency, “We intend to notify account holders by March 31st, 2023.”
US to extend H-1B registration deadline
On February 21st, prospective petitioners can create new accounts, which are necessary for the application.
Moreover, Indian and American technology companies use H-1B visas to meet the US demand for highly skilled tech workers. Indians receive approximately 70% of the new visas issued annually, making them the biggest beneficiaries of this visa.
Several American technology firms have received the largest share of this visa in recent years. It remains to be seen whether the recent spate of tech layoffs in the US. The last few months will lead to a muted demand for new H-1B visas this year. Which normally receives far more applications than the 85,000 visas that are on offer.
Only a petitioner whose registration for the beneficiary named in the H-1B petition was selected. During the H-1B registration process may file an H-1B cap-subject petition. Which includes a petition for a beneficiary who is eligible for the advanced degree exemption.
In just one lottery last year, the US immigration agency reached its mandate cap of 65,000 regular visas and 20,000 under the master’s visas.
The USCIS follows an October to September year, so those who are selected for FY2023 would be able to start working from October 20023.