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USA: H1-B Visa Registrations For 2023 To Begin From March 1

According to the US federal immigration department, registration for the highly sought H-1B visa for the fiscal year 2023 will begin on March 1, and successful applicants will be randomly selected and informed online by March 31.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. businesses to hire foreign workers in specialty conditions that need theoretical or technical knowledge. Every year, technology and software firms rely on it to employ tens of thousands of workers from nations such as India and China.

According to a statement from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap will begin at noon Eastern on March 1 and will end at noon Eastern on March 18, 2022. Potential petitioners and representatives will be capable of completing and submitting their registrations through the online H-1B registration system during this time, according to a statement issued by the agency on Friday.

“If we receive enough registrations by March 18, we will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts. We intend to notify account holders by March 31,” the USCIS said in the statement.

Congress required that USCIS grant a limit of 65,000 H-1B visas every year. It can also grant another 20,000 H-1B visas to international students who have completed advanced studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) areas at a U.S. university.

Each registration for the FY 2023 H-1B cap will be assigned a confirmation number by the USCIS. This number will only be used to monitor registrations, not the applicant’s case status in Case Status Online. It stated that prospective H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their agents must use a myUSCIS online account to register each beneficiary and pay the accompanying $10 H-1B processing fee for each registration submitted on behalf of each applicant.

Future candidates who submit their own registrations (U.S. employers and U.S. agents, referred to together as “registrants”) will use a “registrant” account. Beginning at noon Eastern on February 21, registrants will be allowed to create new accounts. Representatives can add clients to their accounts at any time, but registrants and representatives must wait until March 1 to enter beneficiary information and submit the registration fee. Potential candidates or their agents will be able to register several beneficiaries in a single online session. They will be able to create, revise, and save draught registrations through the account prior to the final payment and submission of each registration, according to the statement.

An H-1B cap-subject petition, including one for a beneficiary qualifying for the advanced degree exclusion, may be filed only by a petitioner whose registration for the beneficiary identified in the H-1B petition was selected during the H-1B registration process. Amazon had the most approved H-1B petitions for starting employment in FY 2021 among private enterprises, with 6,182 approvals. TCS (3,063), Wipro (2,121), Cognizant (1,481), Google (1,453), IBM (1,402), HCL America (1,299), and Microsoft come in second and third, respectively, with 5,256 approvals (1,240).

As a result of a change in how USCIS adjudicates applications for workers employed at third-party sites, the overall rate of visa denials fell to 4%.

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