The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it received enough petitions during the initial registration period in order to reach the fiscal year 2023 H-1B numerical allocations, also taking into account the advanced degree exemption or known as the master’s cap.

As expected, the USCIS has received more electronic H-1B registrations than available under the quota of 85,000 new H-1B filings, VisaGuide.World reports.

In addition, the USCIS has also completed notification for the selected registrations.

“We have notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration,” the statement of the USCIS reads.

The USCIS has announced that employers, as well as attorneys, will be required to log in to the USCIS registration portal to learn the status of each registration while stressing that the registrations will have one of the statuses below.

  • Selected- means that the registration was selected during the lottery, while for selected registrations, employers will have to submit a complete H-1V petition to USCIS within 90 days. The H-1B petition filing window is available from April 1 until June 30.
  • Submitted: this means that registrations that have not been selected in the lottery will be kept in reserve in case USCIS does not receive an H-1B petition or each selected registration.

“The registration has been submitted and is eligible for selection. If the initial selection process has been completed, this registration remains eligible, unless subsequently invalidated, for selection in any subsequent selections for the fiscal year for which it was submitted,” the statement notes.

  • Denied: means that a registration will not be accepted if an employer submitted duplicate registration for the beneficiary.

“If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid,” the statement notes.

  • Invalidated-Failed Payment: this means a registration was submitted; however, the payment method was not accepted or was disputed or canceled after submission.

The H-1B work visa permits companies and employers in the country to employ highly skilled workers from countries outside the US who are engaged in specific fields such as lawyers, professors, engineers, doctors, IT specialists, etc.

The mandated cap for the H-1B visa, which attracts many international, or the regular cap, is 65,000 visas. Authorities in the country reported that last year a larger number of persons benefited from the H-1B visa compared to 2020.

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