USCIS Releases FY 2023 H-1B Lottery Numbers
USCIS has released information on the FY 2023 H-1B lottery that ran in March 2022. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits a company to hire workers in specialty occupations. This visa category requires that the beneficiary (the foreign worker) have a bachelor’s degree, and the petitioner (the U.S. company) can employ the worker for up to six years. To learn more about the H-1B visa, please click here. This year, employers submitted H-1B cap registrations for 483,927 beneficiaries this year, a 57% increase over the FY 2021 filing season.
This year, the agency selected 127,600 registrants in the cap lotteries to meet the annual quota of 85,000, or 26% of the total number of registrations. This year’s selection rate of 26% represented a slight decline in last year’s 28% selection rate. USCIS usually selects more petitions than needed to account for cases that are denied, rejected, withdrawn, or revoked. USCIS will run a selection process if the initial selection approvals do not reach the 85,000 cap.
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