The United States Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it received enough applications during the initial registration period in order to reach the 2022 fiscal year cap for the Person in Specialty Occupation Visa, known as H-1B visa.

Through the H-1B visa, internationals engaged in different fields are permitted to temporary work in some US companies. The US authorities issue 85,000 new H-1B visas yearly for all persons interested in working as architects, doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc., VisaGuide.World reports.

Professionals from India are the most interested ones to obtain such a permit in order to work in the US.

“We randomly selected from among the registrations properly submitted to reach the cap. 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 US agency which screens and allocates H-1B applications reads.

According to the USCIS announcement, applicants’ online accounts now fill show one of the following statuses per each registration:

  • Submitted: meaning that the registration has been submitted and is ready for the selection process.
  • Selected: applications selected to file an H-1B cap petition.
  • Denied: The same registrant submitted multiple applications for the same beneficiary.
  • Invalidated-Failed Payment: meaning that the registration was submitted, but the method of payment was declined or invalid.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services agency previously announced that it received enough petitions needed to reach the 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa US advanced degree exemption (or the master’s cap) for fiscal year (FY) 2021.

The US agency also stressed that H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2022, taking into account those applications allowed for the advanced degree exemption, may be filed with USCIS from April 1, 2021, under a valid, selected registration.

“H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2022, including those petitions eligible for the advanced degree exemption, may be filed with USCIS beginning April 1, 2021, if based on a valid, selected registration,” the statement reads.

Only those persons with selected registrations would be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions for FY 2022, and only for the “beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration notice,” the statement clarifies.

Last month, Biden’s administration announced that it is looking to reopen H-1B petitions that were previously denied due to three rescinded Trump policy memos.

The notice was welcomed by professionals from India who make nearly two-thirds of 85,000 H-1B visas issued each year. The announcement brought hope to other internationals interested in working in US companies in specific fields.

President Trump’s administration denied several H-1B petitions following restrictions introduced under these three rescinded memos.

In February, the US Department of Homeland and Security introduced a final rule changing regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions to make the H-1B visa program more effective and efficient. The rule then was posted for public inspection by the DHS.

In February, the United States immigration data showed that the rejection rates for H-1B visas decreased profoundly for the top 10 companies in the quarter ended September 31, 2020.