The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released H-1B cap registration statistics for fiscal year 2023, confirming that more than 48,000 potential applicants submitted 483,927 registrations, a increase of approximately 57% compared to the number of registrations submitted in the dossier for the 2022 fiscal year. USCIS selected 127,600 registrations for fiscal year 2023 in the initial lottery, representing approximately 26% of total registrations. Approximately 31% of all eligible enrollments have applied to be considered for the graduate degree exemption.
USCIS considers historical data related to approvals, denials, revocations, and other relevant factors to calculate the number of applications needed to reach the H-1B cap for a given fiscal year. USCIS “considers[s] the number of records that must be selected in order to receive the expected number of petitions needed to meet numerical limits,” the agency said. “This calculation incorporates historical non-filing rates of potential applicants whose records are selected but who do do not file a claim based on those selected records. »
In this year’s lottery, USCIS chose a lower enrollment percentage than the FY 2022 season. For the FY 2022 H-1B cap, USCIS received 308,613 H-1B records and initially selected 87,500 records. USCIS “made a second screening in July 2021 of 27,717 additional records due to low filing volume compared to the initial screening,” the agency reported. USCIS made a third screening in November 2021 of 16,753 additional registrations, resulting in a total of 131,970 registrations for fiscal year 2022, bringing the total selection rate closer to 42% for the fiscal year.
USCIS will make additional screenings for the FY 2023 H-1B cap after June 30, 2022, if filing volume is still low this year.
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