For the fiscal year 2021, the US has received enough petitions needed to reach the Congressally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap and a computerised draw of lots would be decided by successful candidates for the most sought-after work visa among foreign professionals, including Indians.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers who require theoretical or technical expertise in specialist occupations. Technology companies rely on it to hire tens of thousands of staff from countries like India and China every year.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said that it has received a sufficient number of requests required for fiscal year (FY) 2021 to achieve Congress’ mandated 65,000 H-1B regular visa cap and the 20,000 H-1B U.S. advanced degree exemption visa, known as the master’s cap.
A computerised drawing of lots would determine the successful applicants. A media release said that we have finished sending non-selection notifications to the online accounts of registrants.
We will continue to accept petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap and process them, it said.
Petitions are exempt from the FY 2021 H-1B cap for current H-1B workers who have previously been counted against the cap and who still retain their cap number.
The USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions submitted to extend the amount of time that a current H-1B worker can stay in the US and change the conditions of employment for current H-1B workers.
The Biden administration announced this month that it was postponing the H-1B policy of the previous Trump administration on the allocation of popular foreign work visas by continuing the lottery system until 31 December 2021, in order to give the immigration agency more time to develop, test and implement amendments to the registration system.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on January 7 that it would eliminate the traditional lottery system when deciding on successful H-1B visa applicants. On March 9, the Trump-era law was scheduled to come into effect.