Posted on August 24 2022
Immigration advocates have reported an issue related to the notices of H-1B cap non-selection, which is a sign that there will be no second lottery to be conducted for the fiscal year 2023 which ends on September 30, 2023.
According to reports by immigration advocates, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may not be holding a second draw, because of the issue of H-1B cap 'non-selection' notices for the fiscal year 2023, ending on September 30, 2023.
The managing advocate, Rajiv Khanna has mentioned, "The USCIS has issued multiple 'non-selection' notices electronically, and this step is considered only if there will be no more lotteries held but, there has been no official announcement from USCIS yet."
483,927 H-1B cap registrations have been received by the USCIS in fiscal year 2022, an increase of 57% over the last season. Among these, USCIS has selected 127,600 registrations (26%) to meet the H-1B quota and the registration window was made available from March 1 to March 18, 2022.
The H-1B cap has applied to almost all first-time H-1B petitions, and this is the third year in a row that the USCIS will be using a registration process online, to randomly choose sufficient H-1B registrations to meet the cap.
Last year in 2022, the US immigration agency held three visa lotteries, to meet the required cap of 20,000 visas under the master's cap and 65,000 regular visas.
The USCIS strictly follows a fiscal year of October to September, in which the applicants selected for fiscal year 2023 will be allowed to start working from October 2023.
In the recent years, all the companies from foreign countries have been decreasing the percentage of workers they hire based on H-1B visas, although the American tech companies have been increasing the number of people they invite into the country on H-1B visas.
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The lack of high skilled tech talent in the country is something that is often complained about where the unemployment rates for the roles in technology, have continued to remain low, indicating the existing high demand, through the pandemic.
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