The registration deadline for an H1-B visa can be extended by the United States as applicants throughout the world are facing serious issues. H-1B cap 2024 initial registration opened on March 1 and was supposed to close on March 17, 2023.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) tweeted that presently some users are unable to complete the registration process for H-1B visas. They apologised for any inconvenience and are working on resolving the issue as soon as possible. Therefore they will extend the registration deadline. More details on the same will be updated from time to time.
The immigration agency in a press release said that if they receive enough registration by March 17, then they will select registrations randomly and send out selection notifications via users’ myUSCIS online accounts.
In the meantime, if they do not receive enough registrations, all the registrations that are properly submitted during the initial registration period will get selected. The account holders will be notified of the same by March 31.
H-1B visas are a gateway for Indian and American technology companies to meet the demand for highly skilled technology workers in the United States. Indians form the biggest cohort of this visa category and account for almost 70% of the new visas that are issued every year.
The technology companies in America in recent years have got the largest share of these visas. There are speculations regarding the recent influence of layoffs on the companies over the last few months which can result in reduced demand for H-1 visas this year. Every year 85,000 H-1 B visas are on offer and the applications made are quite more times than that.
In 2022, the US Immigration agency in just one lottery reached a 65,000 mandate cap for regular visas and a master’s cap of 20,000. The year of USCIS is from October to September and the applicants selected for FY 2023 would be able to start their work in 2023.
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Source: The Economic Times