US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revealed the results of the second H-1B cap lottery.
The additionally selected number by the agency has been made from the registrations initially submitted during the registration period from March 1, VisaGuide.World reports.
H-1B’s annual cap is 85,000 applications, even though the number of applications often surpasses the cap. This year have been marked 280,000 registrations; from them, 68 per cent were Indians.
Nearly 185,000 registrations were denied in the initial lottery. The percentage of remaining registrations selected in this lottery will likely be small.
For selected registrations, the agency has provided a 90-day filing window. Petitioners may file H-1B cap petitions for selected registrations between August 17 and November 16, 2020.
At this time, USCIS has not yet rejected any of the H-1B registrations. The registrations which have not been selected, are kept in reserve, in case that the agency does not receive an H-1B petition for each selected registration.
In April, the nonprofit organization US Tech Workers urged American authorities to suspend for this year the H-1B and H-2B visa programs, in order to protect their interest amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The United States Tech Workers addressed a letter to the United States President, Donald Trump, asking the suspension of these two programs amid the economic shutdown.
VisaGuide.World previously reported that in 2019, one in every fifth petition for the H-1B visas were denied by the United States authorities. Indian citizens had a higher denial rate.
However, in 2019 the total denial rate decreased to 21 per cent, compared to the previous year. According to the agency in 2018, the denial rate was 24 per cent.
The H-1B visa, enables internationals specialized in specific skills such as professors, IT professionals, architects, etc., to work in the US temporarily.