H-1B Visa Registration Underway; Know Details

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Bhubaneswar: The new registrations for H-1B visas began on Tuesday, March 9, a week after the Joe Biden administration revoked former President Donald Trump’s policy that blocked many Green Card applicants from entering the US.

H-1B visa permits an individual to temporarily work in the United States for a period of 3 years, which is extendable up to 6 years, in an area of expertise.

When does the H-1B visa registration end?

The H-1B registration began on March 9 and ends on March 25.

Who can apply? Is there a cap on H-1B visas per year?

Applicants engaged in specialty occupations that need theoretical and technical expertise can apply for H-1B visas. This is most popular among Indian IT professionals.

There is an annual limit of providing 65,000 new H1-B visas each fiscal year for people with occupations in areas of expertise; theoretical or practical application of a body of highly specialised knowledge.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has an annual limit of providing 65,000 new H1-B visas each fiscal year for people with occupations in areas of expertise; theoretical or practical application of a body of highly specialised knowledge.

Additionally, the USCIS also grants 20,000 new H-1B visas to those foreign workers who have been awarded a Master’s or a higher university degree in the US.

What is the registration process?

The registrant must create a USCIS account in order to submit an H1-B registration. For registration, a candidate has to pay a $10 non-refundable H-1B registration fee. It requires basic information about the worker.

Only those with selected registrations will be eligible to file H-1B cap-subject petitions.

How will visas be selected this year?

This year will witness the use of a lottery system for the selections of visas.

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