U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) got 308,613 H-1B registrations in March and selected 87,500 to submit H-1B petitions for the 2022 financial year, the organization reported Thursday.
Key Points | H-1B registrations for FY 2022
- The 308,613 H-1B registrations marked a 12.5% increase over the 274,237 from last year.
- The yearly quota for cap-subject petitions is 85,000, 20,000 of which are solely for U.S. advance degree holders (the “master’s cap“). Approximately 48% of the FY 2022 registrations were for applicants with U.S. advanced degrees.
- Moreover, USCIS said it utilized “historical information related to approvals, denials, revocations, and other relevant factors”. To determine how many registrations to select.
- Last year, the organization conducted a second H-1B lottery in August. And welcomed employers to submit petitions for certain registrations that were not at first selected. The initial 90-day filing period for FY 2022 H-1B petitions remains open. USCIS said it keeps on observing filing rates this year. To determine whether it will need to select extra registrations to meet the FY 2022 numerical limitations.
The USCIS information demonstrates the ongoing popularity of the H-1B program. And the continued high demand for the limited yearly number of visas. However, employers are encouraged to work with their BAL lawyers to consider choices for registrations that were not selected in March’s lottery. Also, BAL will keep on checking the possibility that USCIS will welcome more registrants to submit