As you may have already know, the H-1B visa is one of the popular non-immigrant visas that allow USA employees to hire foreign workers. Every year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) releases dates for H-1B registration and lottery and they have just done that last week. In this article, we will cover the background, what it means, dates and you can be prepared as an applicant for FY 2023 season.
Background: H1B Visa Demand, Quota
H-1B has been a popular visa for many reasons. One the number of available visas every year is limited. Typically USCIS has received more applicants than the available visas. This is typically in the order of 3x. USCIS has a cap of 85,000 H-1B visas every year. Out of these, 20,000 are set aside for applicants who has master’s degree from USA universities. The remaining 65,000 is for the rest of the applicants. USCIS conducts a lottery in order to pick the corresponding number of applicants from the large pool of applications. The Fiscal Year (FY) for USCIS starts on October 1st and ends on 30th September. But, USCIS accepts H1B petitions about 6 months before the fiscal year starts.
H1B Electronic Registration System
Since the year 2020, USCIS has introduced an electronic registration system. Prior to this, all the applicants had to submit the entire H-1B petition to USCIS for consideration and USCIS will return the petitions that were not picked up in the lottery. With the new registration system, the employers have to register the H-1B applications by paying a $10 fee and entering bare minimum details about the beneficiary. USCIS gives ample time to the selected applicants to submit the full petition. The Electronic Registration System is also applicable for FY 2023 quota that starts in March 2022.
Important H1B 2023 Dates
|Feb. 21st, 2022 to|
March 1st, 2022
|New Account Registration on USCIS|
|March 1st, 2022||Submit Beneficiary Information on USCIS|
|March 18th, 2022||USCIS Conducts Lottery|
(this may be subjected to a number of applications
|March 18th, 2022 to |
March 31st, 2022
|USCIS notifies all selected applicants to submit |
H1B Registration Fees
There is a nominal fee of $10 for each beneficiary information submitted for FY 2023 H-1B Visa. This fee is non-refundable.
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As you might have already explored h1bgrader.com, we provide a qualitative summary of each H-1B Sponsors. We have data for the last decade and are able to provide the prospect H-1B beneficiary with the information they need to make decisions.
Depending on the stage you are in, we can help you in one of the following ways:
- Find sponsors – one can search through our large database of sponsors. You can find sponsors by their name, job title, and your preferred location (city and state)
- Compare sponsors -If you are in dilemma in picking the right employer, h1bgrader,com can help you make some analytical decision by comparing two sponsors. Compare the sponsor’s approval rate, and salaries
- Sponsors with Higher Base Pay – You can review the salaries paid to other H-1B visa holders and understand how your numbers may look like
- Prewailing wages – Understand how and what data companies use to create H-1B visa holders base pay
Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ)
No. Only the employer or the designated person of a USA employer can register.
It is $10 and is non-refundable.
No. One has to submit very minimal information about the beneficiary.
USCIS notifies through myAccount to those employers whose beneficiaries have been selected in the lottery.
USCIS typically gives an ample amount of time to submit a petition after lottery selection. USCIS has historically accepted petitions for cap-subject petitions beginning on April 1.
No. This is applicable only to cap-subject petitions.