The US government’s office for immigration services said on Tuesday that the country has received enough applications to reach the 65,000 H1-B visa limit set by Congress for the fiscal year 2023.
The H-1B non-immigrant visa lets US companies hire foreigners for specialised jobs that require theoretical or technical knowledge. Technology companies hire thousands of people from places like China and India every year because of this.
The H-1B visa programme is the most popular work visa for Indian professionals and other professionals from other countries. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement, “We have received enough petitions to reach the 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa US advanced degree exemption, also called the master’s cap, for fiscal year 2023.”
USCIS has sent notifications to the online accounts of those who registered that they were not chosen.
Not Choosen: It also said that the message “Not Selected – Not Eligible to File an H-1B Cap Petition Based on This Registration” will now be shown for registrations that were sent in the right way for the FY 2023 H-1B number allocations.
The government agency said that it will still take requests that don’t count toward the cap and handle them.
The statement says that the FY 2023 H-1B cap does not apply to petitions for current H-1B employees who have already been counted against the cap and still have their cap number.
Still, it said, “USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions to extend the amount of time an H-1B worker can stay in the US, to change the conditions of employment for H-1B workers, to let H-1B workers switch employers, and to let H-1B workers work in more than one H-1B position at the same time.”