H-1B visa cap for 2022 reached: USCIS

Washington DC: The US has received enough petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2022, a federal agency has announced.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

As mandated by the US Congress, the US can issue a maximum of 65000 H-1B visa regular cap and another 20000 H-1B visa US advanced degree exemption categories every year.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which screens all such applications every year on Monday announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa US advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2022. The USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap, it said.

Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, are exempt from the FY 2022 H-1B cap, said the federal agency.

While the Congressional cap is 65000; not all H-1B nonimmigrant visas (or status grants) are subject to this annual cap. Notably, up to 6800 visas are set aside from the 65000 each fiscal year for the H-1B1 program under the terms of the legislation implementing the US-Chile and U.S.-Singapore free trade agreements.

Unused visas in this group become available for H-1B use for the next fiscal year’s regular H-1B cap.

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