U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) formally announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption for fiscal year (FY) 2021. USCIS has also completed posting of non-selection notifications to registrants' online accounts. This announcement formally closes the FY 2021 H-1B lottery season based on the registration period of March 2020. Any selected and timely filed FY 2021 H-1B petitions still pending adjudication with USCIS are included in the count and will proceed to adjudication.
USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.
- "USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2021 H-1B Cap," USCIS, Feb. 16, 2021, https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-reaches-fiscal-year-2021-h-1b-cap · H-1B Cap Season, USCIS, https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-and-fashion-models/h-1b-cap-season
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