US Receives 2,36,000 H-1B Applications, Completes Lottery
Washington: The US received over 2,36,000 H-1B petitions in just five days of opening up the process early this month for the most sought-after work visa for IT professionals, including from India, and has completed the computerised draw of lots.
This is more than thrice the Congress-mandated cap of 65,000 in the general category for financial year 2017. T he US Cit i z e n s h i p a n d Immigration Services (USCIS) on Tuesday announced it also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions by those foreign students who completed their higher studies from a US academic institute in subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
USCIS said it has completed the computerised draw of lots that would determine the successful applicants. The filing period began on April 1, a media statement said.