The US Federal Immigration Agency has announced that the second round of random lottery selection for the much-awaited H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2024 will begin soon. This decision can greatly benefit Indian professionals.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said on Thursday that it would select additional registrations from previously submitted electronic registrations using a random selection process.
Preliminary selection of electronic registrations will be done
In March, USCIS conducted an initial selection of appropriately submitted electronic registrations for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 H-1B cap. This also included beneficiaries eligible for the advanced degree waiver. Only those petitioners with selected registrations for FY 2024 are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition.
Dependent on employing foreign workers
The initial filing period for those with selected registrations for FY 2024 was from April 1, 2023, to June 30, 2023. The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on this visa to hire thousands of employees every year from countries like India and China.
Statement issued by USCIS
USCIS said in a statement, “We recently determined that we will need to select additional registrations to reach our FY 2024 numerical allocation. Will select additional registrations from electronic registrations."
"Once we have completed this second selection process and notified all potential petitioners with selected registrations from this round of selection, we will announce that they will be eligible to apply for the H- for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration," the statement said. 1B are eligible to file cap-subject petitions." The accounts of those with selected registrations will be updated to include the selection notice, which will explain when and where to file the notice, the statement said.
Indians are the largest beneficiaries of H-1B
As ordered by Congress, USCIS can issue a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas in a year. It may also issue another 20,000 H-1B visas to foreign students who have completed higher studies at a US university in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. According to the US government, the biggest beneficiaries of H-1B visas are Indians. About 75 per cent of the total visa holders are Indians.