U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on August 23, 2022, that it received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B regular cap for certain temporary professional workers and the 20,000 H-1B U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2023.
USCIS said it finished sending non-selection notifications to registrants’ online accounts. The status of such registrations will show as “Not Selected.” USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap numbers, are exempt from the FY 2023 H-1B cap. USCIS said it will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:
- Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;
- Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
- Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
- Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in additional H-1B positions.