A few weeks prior to start of new H-1B filing season, the quota for FY 2021 is finally met

MUMBAI/BENGALURU: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received a sufficient number of registrations to meet the annual H-1B cap quota of 85,000 (which includes the 20,000 reserved for the Masters’cap). This quota has been met for the fiscal ending on September 30, 2021.
This announcement comes a few weeks before the start of the H-1B cap registration process for fiscal year 2021-22, which will begin on March 9.
Typically, the quota is met within a few days of the window opening up for the E-registration. USCIS intimates sponsoring employers of those registrations selected in the lottery process and detailed H-1B applications have to be filed only for such cases.
In March last year – when the registration window for filing of H-1B visas for fiscal 2020-21 opened, as always, the number of registrations filed far exceeded the annual quota of 85,000. USCIS received 2.8 lakh registrations (of which 1.9 lakh were Indian beneficiaries – those sponsored for the H-1B cap visas).
Soon thereafter, the pandemic, followed by the H-1B travel ban changed the scenario completely. Companies did not follow through with detailed filings of the H-1B cap visa applications. As reported by TOI, in its edition of August 15, 2020, for the first time ever there was a ‘second’ lottery. This process is now completed with USCIS announcing that the quota has finally been met.
While the travel ban remains in place till March end, US Consulates have gradually begun visa allotments to those who qualify – such as those meeting national interest norms, which can include those from the technology sector. Other selected beneficiaries who are not eligible for exemption from this travel ban, will have to wait a bit longer.

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