United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Monday that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated caps for H-1B visas for the 2022 fiscal year.

Key Points:

  • USCIS conducted three H-1B registration lotteries in FY 2022 and will not conduct a fourth now that the cap has been reached.
  • USCIS has completed sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts.
  • USCIS will continue to accept cap-exempt H-1B petitions, including petitions to:
    • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the U.S.
    • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers.
    • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers.
    • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in additional H-1B positions.

Additional Information: Annual H-1B caps are set at 65,000 visas plus an additional 20,000 exclusively for advanced degree holders. USCIS received 308,613 registrations for FY 2022, and conducted registration lotteries in March, July and November of last year.

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