Home / News / World /  H-1B visa: US receives ‘sufficient’ applications needed to meet 2023 threshold

The US government department for immigration services announced on August 23 that it had received enough applications to meet the 65,000 H1-B visa threshold set by Congress for the fiscal year 2023.

H-1B visa is essential to the hiring of thousands of workers each year from nations like China and India by technology companies. 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. Among international professionals, including Indians, the H-1B visa programme is the most sought-after work visa.

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“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.

In June, former Republican congressman Mia Love alleged that the operation and application of H-1B visas had not complied with the needs of the nation. According to the top political analyst, increasing high-skilled immigration would strengthen economic growth and expand American companies.

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“In 2005, 85,000 visas were available. Today, nearly 20 years later, 85,000 visas are available. There are many promising options for expanding skilled immigration," she said.

Notifications of non-selection have been delivered to registrants' online accounts by USCIS. It will now be possible to see the status of registrations that were duly submitted for the FY 2023 H-1B numerical allocations but weren't chosen. “Not Selected: Not selected – not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition based on this registration," it said.

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The federal agency stated that it would continue to accept and handle requests that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

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“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.

Yet, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions submitted to extend the period of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the US, to alter the conditions of employment for current H-1B workers, to permit current H-1B workers to switch employers, and to permit current H-1B workers to work concurrently in additional H-1B positions.

(With agency inputs)

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