Reaching annual cap of 65,000 H-1B visas for 2023: United States
August 24, 2022, 8:12 p.m.
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A sufficient number of applications for the granting of 65,000 H-1B visas – which is the maximum limit for one year as mandated by Congress – had been received by the United States for fiscal year 2023, the official informed on Tuesday. federal agency for immigration services.
The agency sent a notification of non-selection to the candidates’ online account.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, many professionals and students had been sent home.
- Currently, the average waiting period for visa appointments is 500 days.
- The H-1B visa is a temporary immigrant visa for working professionals.
- American tech companies are said to depend on it to employ thousands of employees from countries like India and China.
The advanced degree exception cap of 20,000 is also reached
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement, “We have received sufficient petitions necessary to meet the regular cap of 65,000 H-1B visas mandated by Congress and the United States. 20,000 H-1B visa advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year 2023.”
It said it would continue to accept and process applications exempt from the cap.
The petition to modify the working conditions would be accepted
The agency said it will continue to work on filed petitions to increase the length of time an H-1B worker is allowed to stay in the United States.
Along with this, petitions are being filed to change the current terms of employment, allow workers to change employers and allow them to work in additional positions simultaneously.
Working Professionals, Top Business Travelers to Prioritize: U.S. Embassy
The wait for a visa was even longer for first-time applicants.
The embassy previously said working professionals, primary business travelers and students on ongoing courses would be given priority for visa appointments.
The barrage of pending applications is attributed to a shortage of consular staff and the US State Department has doubled consular hiring and is training new employees.