H-1B visa: US receives ‘sufficient’ applications to meet 2023 threshold

The US government’s Department of Immigration Services announced on August 23 that it had received enough applications to meet the threshold of 65,000 H1-B visas set by Congress for fiscal year 2023.

The H-1B visa is essential to the hiring of thousands of workers each year from countries like China and India by technology companies. A nonimmigrant visa called H-1B allows US companies to hire foreign nationals for specialized jobs requiring academic or technical skills. Among international professionals, including Indians, the H-1B visa program is the most sought-after work visa.

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“We have received sufficient petitions necessary to meet the regular cap of 65,000 H-1B visas mandated by Congress and the 20,000 U.S. degree exemption H-1B visas, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year 2023,” the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement.

In June, former Republican Congresswoman Mia Love alleged that the operation and enforcement of H-1B visas had failed to meet the nation’s needs. According to the leading political analyst, increasing highly skilled immigration would boost economic growth and expand American businesses.

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

Non-selection notifications were sent to registrants’ online accounts by USCIS. It will now be possible to view the status of entries that have been duly submitted for the FY 2023 H-1B digital allocations but have not been chosen. “Not selected: not selected – not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition based on this record,” it said.

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The federal agency said it will continue to accept and process applications that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

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“Claims filed for current H-1B workers who have already been capped and still retain their cap number are exempt from the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap,” he said.

Still, USCIS will continue to accept and process applications submitted to extend the period that a current H-1B worker can stay in the United States, to modify the terms of employment of current H-1B workers, to allow allow current H-1B workers to switch employers and allow current H-1B workers to simultaneously hold additional H-1B positions.

(With contributions from the agency)

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