Visa Crunch

H-1B cap application files rose for fiscal 2022, but only fewer selected by USCIS

The USCIS issued an invitation to apply for H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2022, and more than 3 lakh applications were received. Only a few of them have been chosen by the agency. 

H-1B cap registration for the fiscal year 2022 got about 3.08 lakh applications, which is 12% higher than the previous year. However, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has chosen just 87,500 registrations in lotteries that satisfy the yearly quotas of 85,000 people.

In comparison to the previous year, the selection rate has decreased by 28%. Last year, there were 274,237 overall registrations, with 124,415 chosen, accounting for 45% of all candidates.

As a backup for withdrawn, rejected, or revoked applications, USCIS usually chooses more individuals than the quota. The new approach for selecting candidates, on the other hand, resulted in a smaller number of applications being chosen.

Last year, following the initial selection, USCIS conducted a second registration process to fill up the gaps left by a pandemic that slowed the count. However, no information on whether the same strategy will be used in fiscal 2022 has been released. 

There is yet no analysis of selection depending on the country for both. Indians, on the other hand, often receive 60% or more of the yearly H-1B quota visa allocations.

However, US did make it easier to issuing H-1B visas which allowed more applicants, especially Indians to file. Here’s what they did:

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