US reaches Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for 20212 min read
The US has received sufficient petitions needed to reach the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2021 and successful applicants for the most sought-after work visa among foreign experts, including Indians, would be chosen by computerized draw of lots.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits US organizations to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
Also, technology organizations rely upon it to recruit a huge number of employees every year from nations like India and China.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said it has received enough number 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 fiscal year (FY) 2021.
Successful candidates would be chosen by a computerized draw of lots.
However, USCIS has finished sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts, a media release said.
Also, they will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap, it said.
US Reaches H-1B visa cap for 2021
Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap. Who actually hold their cap number, are exempt from the FY 2021 H-1B cap.
The USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to expand the amount of time a current H-1B worker. Also, may stay in the US and change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers.
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The Biden government this month announced that it was delaying the H-1B policy of the past Trump government. On the allocation of the well known foreign work visas by proceeding with the lottery system until 31st December 2021. To give the immigration agency more time to develop, test and implement the modifications to the registration system.
On 7th January, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced to get rid of the conventional lottery system. In choosing the successful candidates for the H-1B visas.
Moreover, the Trump-era rule was planned to become effective on March 9th, 2021.