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Labor Squeeze, Online System Fuel Record H-1B Visa Registrations

April 19, 2022, 7:15 PM

A tight U.S. job market and low-cost online registration have contributed to an unprecedented number of registrations for high-skilled H-1B visas, immigration lawyers say.

Employers submitted more than 483,000 H-1B registrations for fiscal 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services reported—an increase of 57% from the previous record high in fiscal 2022. The agency, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, selected 127,600 registrations via lottery to meet the visa program’s annual cap.

Up to 85,000 H-1B temporary work visas are available each year, including 20,000 reserved for workers with at least a master’s degree. The agency implemented a ...