The H-1B Visa has been a hot topic for the last year as major political changes happened due to the federal election amid an ongoing pandemic. The H-1B Visas are the most popular type of nonimmigrant work visas that allow US employers to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations.
As the pandemic continues to affect the US economy, the volatility of the situation means that there will be new challenges in the employment landscape. Therefore, understanding the latest developments in the H-1B visas will give us an insight into how the H-1B Visa process will be conducted next year.
How Did H-1B Visa Perform This Year in 2021?
The lottery application window that allows employers to submit H-1B petitions online recently ended on March 25, after a 16-day window. Employers with successful petitions will have 90 days following the notification of acceptance to file a formal H-1B petition.
The number of H-1B Visas granted this year seems to have increased. However, if, as an employer, you registered for this lottery and have not received the results, then you can still hold out hope as the USCIS is expecting many allotted numbers going unused due to denials or for violation of the rule of registering only one employee per employer.
Recently, the Trump administration’s ban on the H-1B and other nonimmigrant visas came to an end. Therefore, one can expect that further changes will be made to the process in the coming year.