The initial registration period for the fiscal year 2022 (which ends on September 30, next year) will open on March 9 and run through March 25. This is the second year that the E-registration process will be adopted. Sponsoring employers will be required to fill out basic information, including details of the proposed employee (beneficiary) for whom the H-1B visa is being sought. A confirmation number will be given to each registration.
If the number of registrations exceeds the H-1B quota of 85,000, USCIS will use a random computerized lottery to select the registrations for which an H-1B cap application may be filed by the sponsoring employers. Selection notices will be sent by March end. As reported by TOI earlier, USCIS will not implement a wage-based selection system during this cap season.
Immigration attorneys are of the view that as in the past, USCIS is likely to get a higher number of applications than the annual quota of 85,000 (including the Masters’ cap of 20,000, which is reserved for those with higher US educational qualifications).
During the last filing season, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, USCIS had received 2.75 lakh registrations from sponsoring employers for workers they wish to depute or hire in US. Of which nearly 67.7% or 1.86 lakh were for those from India. Typically, Indian beneficiaries’ bag 60 to 70% of the visas from the annual quota.
Nasscom has welcomed the decision to delay the wage-based H-1B cap selection system. Its statement points out that prioritizing H-1B cap allotments purely on wage levels has the potential to significantly damage some of the most innovative companies in the world along with many hospitals and health care providers, research facilities, universities and other petitioners. The Biden administration will be reviewing the wage-based selection rule, and Nasscom proposes to share its views.