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Key Points

  • USCIS has reached the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap
  • USCIS has selected 65,000 regular H-1B cap petitions and 20,000 master’s cap H-1B petitions
  • Registrants whose petitions were not selected have had non-selection notices sent to their online USCIS accounts
  • USCIS will still accept and process non-cap-subject H-1B petitions
  • More information is available through the USCIS H-1B Cap Season site

Overview

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it received enough petitions to reach the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap. That includes 65,000 H-1B visas in the regular cap and 20,000 H-1B visas for the master’s cap.

USCIS has also finished sending non-selection notices to registrants’ electronic accounts. Petitioners who correctly submitted their registrations for the FY 2023 H-1B cap season but whose petitions were not selected will receive a notice from USCIS saying that their petitions were not selected and are therefore not eligible to file an H-1B cap petition.

Although it has reached the H-1B cap, USCIS will still accept and process other H-1B petitions that are exempt from the cap, including petitions filed to:

  • Change employment terms for current H-1B workers
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work simultaneously on other H-1B petitions
  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker can stay in the US

Looking Ahead

For more information, H-1B petitioners can subscribe to USCIS’s H-1B cap season email updates, which are available on the H-1B Cap Season webpage.

Written by: Lucy Halse, Content Marketing Associate, Envoy Global
Edited by: Dmitri Pikman, Supervising Attorney, Corporate Immigration Partners
Source: US Citizenship and Immigration Services

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