Another lottery selection will shortly take place for the coveted H1-B visas.This was announced by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after “it was determined that “additional registrations” need to be selected to reach the numerical allocations.”
This move could benefit hundreds of Indians who have specialized in Science, Technology, Engineering and Management.
In March this year, the department conducted a random selection from a pool of electronic registrations submitted for fiscal 2024. The USCIS has said that only those applicants with shortlisted registrations for Financial Year 2024 are qualified to file H-1B cap-subject applications.
The department responsible for these visas, USCIS said in a statement, “We recently determined that we would need to select additional registrations to reach the FY 2024 numerical allocations. Soon, we will select additional registrations from previously submitted electronic registrations using a random selection process,”
It added ” We will announce once we have completed this second selection process and have notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations from this round of selection that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.”
The department also said that those with shortlisted registrations will have their accounts updated so that they can see where and when to file applications.
Critical for high-skilled workers
Many technology companies in the United States, such as Amazon and Meta depend on the HI-B visa while hiring employees from India and China.
The Congress has mandated 65,000 H1-B visas in a given fiscal year. Roughly 60% of this number is allotted to Indians. Lately, the State Department has made the visa-issuing process easier for Indians living in the US. They will not have to go back to India to renew their visas upon expiry.
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