The United States has received enough petitions required in order to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa for US advanced degree exemption known as master’s cap for the fiscal year 2022.

Such an announcement has been confirmed through a statement published by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), VisaGuide.World reports.

“We have completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status for registrations properly submitted for the FY 2022 H-1B numerical allocations, but that were not selected, will now show: Not Selected: Not selected – not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition based on this registration,” the statement reads.

The agency has announced that it will continue to accept and process requests that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

“Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap and who still retain their cap number are exempt from the FY 2022 H-1B cap,” said the federal agency.

Through the H-1B work visa, companies, as well as employers in the country, are eligible to employ highly skilled workers from other countries engaged in specific fields such as professors, lawyers, engineers, doctors, IT specialists, doctors, etc.

There is a mandated cap for the H-1B visa, known as the regular cap of a total of 65,000 visas issued annually.

Last year, a larger number of persons benefited from the H-1B visa compared to 2020.

The data provided by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) revealed that the denial rate for H-1B visa applications last year marked a notable decrease, to about four percent,  marking a 13 percent decrease compared to the data provided in 2020.

The figures provided by the NFAP showed that the denial rate in the fiscal year 2018 was as high as 24 percent, while the same was 21 percent in the fiscal year of 2019

“On Nov. 19, we selected from among previously submitted electronic registrations using a random selection process. The petition filing period based on registrations selected on Nov. 19 will begin on Nov. 22, 2021, and close on Feb. 23, 2022,” the agency pointed out through a statement.

During the Trump administration, there was a significant increase in the denial rate of  H-1B visas, while last year, after President Biden took office, the denial rate marked a decrease.

Former President Trump applied specific changes to the program, which led to a significant decrease in the H-1B visa applications, mainly noted in the technology sector.

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