The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the initial registration period for the coveted H1-B visa for FY2023 will run from March 1-18.
USCIS said in a statement Saturday that during the above period “potential petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registration using our online H-1B registration system.”
USCIS will provide a confirmation number for each registration submitted which will only be used to track registrations.
However, this number cannot be used to track the status of the case online, the statement said.
It further said that potential H-1B cap-subject petitioners or their representatives are required to electronically register each beneficiary for the selection process and use the myUSCIS online account to pay the required $10 registration fee.
“Prospective petitioners submitting their registration will use a ‘registrant’ account. Registrants will be able to create new accounts starting noon on February 21.”
American employers and agents are known collectively as “registrants.”
USCIS said that once sufficient registrations are received by the March 18 deadline, there will be a random selection followed by selection notifications via users’ MyUSCIS online accounts.
The H1-B visa allows companies and other employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in the US in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a highly specialized body of knowledge and a bachelor’s degree in a specific specialty or Higher, or its equivalent according to USCIS.
Each year the US grants 65,000 H1-B visas open to all and 20,000 Americans with advanced degrees.
According to the US government, Indians are the biggest beneficiary of H1-B visas, of whom about 75 per cent obtain visas.
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