The 65,000 H1-B visa cap set by Congress for the fiscal year 2023 has been reached, according to the US Department of Immigration Services’ announcement on August 23.
A non-immigrant visa called the H-1B allows US businesses to hire foreign nationals for specialised jobs that need for theoretical or technical competence.
It is essential to the hiring of thousands of workers each year from nations like China and India by technology companies. Among international professionals, including Indians, the H-1B visa programme is the most sought-after work visa.
“We have received a sufficient 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 fiscal year 2023,” the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement.
Notifications of non-selection have been delivered to registrants’ online accounts by USCIS.
Not Selected: Not selected – not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition based on this registration will now be displayed for registrations that were properly submitted for the FY 2023 H-1B numerical allocations, it added.
Technology businesses hire thousands of workers each year from countries like China and India thanks to the H-1B visa. The H-1B non-immigrant visa enables US companies to employ foreign nationals for specialised positions requiring theoretical or technical expertise. The most sought-after work visa among foreign professionals, including Indians, is the H-1B programme.
Former Republican congresswoman Mia Love claimed in June that the administration and use of H-1B visas had not conformed with the requirements of the country. The leading political expert predicted that boosting high-skilled immigration will boost economic growth and increase American businesses.
“Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and 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 applications submitted to prolong the time a current H-1B worker may remain in the country, to change the terms of their employment, to allow them to switch companies, and to allow them to hold down several H-1B positions at once.