The registration process for applying for an H-1B visa for the next fiscal year begins March 9, and successful applicants through a computer-assisted draw will be notified by March 31, a federal agency announced.
The notification to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday came a day after President Joe Biden’s administration announced it would continue the traditional lottery system to issue the coveted work visa for foreign professionals.
USCIS announced that the fiscal year 2022 H-1B initial registration period will open on March 9 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern and will run through March 25 at 12:00 p.m.
The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that U.S. companies can use to employ foreign workers in specialized occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
During the registration period, prospective petitioners and agents can complete information on petitioners and beneficiaries and submit their registrations, according to the USCS.
The agency said if it receives enough registrations by March 25, it will randomly select registrations and send selection notifications by March 31.
Successful applicants could start their new jobs in the United States on October 1, when the American fiscal year begins.
According to congressional guidelines, USCIS can issue a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas per year. It can also issue an additional 20,000 H-1B visas for overseas students who have graduated from a US university with a degree in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
USCIS ‘quick announcement about next year’s H-1B registration process comes one day after it was revealed that it is delaying the implementation of former US President Donald Trump’s administrative policy on the allocation of H-1B through a payroll and specialized process.
The Trump era rule was due to go into effect on March 9th.
On January 7, USCIS announced that it would abolish the traditional lottery system when deciding on successful applicants for the H-1B visas.
USCIS announced that it would prioritize wages to protect the economic interests of American workers and better ensure that the best-qualified foreign workers benefit from the temporary employment program.
However, in a statement on Thursday, USCIS stated that it is delaying the effective date of the rule until December 31, 2021.
USCIS can issue a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas per year. It can also issue an additional 20,000 H-1B visas for overseas students who have graduated from a US university with a degree in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).