The H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2024, which begins on October 1, has been achieved and all successful applicants have been informed of it, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement.
The H-1B numerical allocations (H-1B cap), including the advanced degree exemption — the master’s cap — have been reached, the statement added.
“We have made a random selection from the registrations properly submitted to reach the cap and have notified all prospective petitioners with selected registrations that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration,” USCIS said in an official statement.
If based on a valid, chosen registration, H-1B cap-subject petitions for the fiscal year 2024, including those petitions qualifying for the advanced degree exemption, may be submitted to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as of April 1, 2023.
USCIS also mentioned that only petitions with selected registrations could file H-1B can subject petitions for 2024 fiscal and only for the beneficiary named in the applicable registration chosen notice.
The current annual regular cap for the -1B category at 65,000 has been decided by the U.S. Congress. However, 6,800 visas of them are reserved in accordance with the laws enacting the free trade agreements between the United States and Singapore, and Chile. Remaining visas in this category become eligible for use under the standard H-1B cap for the next fiscal year.
Earlier, in the other announcement, the USCIS informed that those laid off from the IT sector can now stay in the United States after 60 days on H-1B visas for finding another job.
The USCIS stated, “Many people have asked if they can look for a new job while in B-1 or B-2 status. The answer is, yes.” In a series of tweets, it clarified that “searching for employment and interviewing for a position are permissible B-1 or B-2 activities”.
“If you are in B-1 or B-2 status, please remember you may not engage in employment within the domestic labour market (also known as ‘local labour for hire’) while in B-1 status or engage in any employment while in B-2 status,” the USCIS said.
According to USCIS, the employers should have the approval for a petition for a change of status before starting new employment.
“Many people have asked if they can look for a new job while in B-1 or B-2 status. The answer is, yes. Searching for employment and interviewing for a position are permissible B-1 or B-2 activities,” the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a series of tweets.
“Alternatively, if the change of status request is denied or the petition for new employment requested consular or port of entry notification, the individual must depart the U.S. and be admitted in an employment-authorized classification before beginning the new employment,” the USCIS said.