On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services to help slow the spread of coronavirus
The US agency said it will continue to provide emergency services for limited situations
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said that it has completed initial selection process for the 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2021 as it received enough requests from corporations and businesses. The fiscal year begins from October 1, 2020. USCIS, which screens and allocates H-1B applications, said it randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted.
USCIS will notify the successful applicants and their companies before March 31. The deadline for submitting the H-1B applications by successful registrants is June 30, Press Trust of India reported.
USCIS also issues another 20,000 H-1B visas for those who have earned masters and higher degrees from a US institution.
Under the new H-1B Electronic Registration Process implemented this year, before the start of the application filing season on April 1, all the companies were mandatorily asked to register with the USCIS and March 20 was the last date for the registration.
On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services to help slow the spread of coronavirus. USCIS plans to re-open offices on April 7, unless the public closures are extended further, the US agency said on its website. The US agency however said that it staff is continuing to perform duties that do not involve contact with the public and it will continue to provide emergency services for limited situations.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Indian workers across America have sought extensions of their US visas over concerns of losing work status due to soon-to-expire visas or delayed extensions, a media report said. (With Agency Inputs)