Today March 30, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the completion of the initial selection process for 65,000 H-1B work visa cap for the fiscal year 2021. USCIS randomly selected registrants from the pool of submitted registrations which began in March 2020.

The selected candidates and their sponsoring companies are being notified now before March 31 by USCIS.

Now the randomly selected employers/beneficiaries will begin filing H-1B petitions for a 90 day period beginning on April 1, 2020, after having been selected through the lottery. October 1, 2020, is the start employment date for the new fiscal year of the selected candidates. All the companies were mandatorily asked to register with the USCIS no later than March 20

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, starting March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services. As per the USCIS website, the US agency plan to re-open offices on April 7, unless the public closures are extended further. Furthermore, USCIS staff will continue performing its duties, which do not involve contact with the public and will also continue to providing emergency services for limited situations.

During these uncertain times of coronavirus pandemic, Indians workers across America are affected as some have been impacted by the loss of work status due to soon-to-expire visas or delayed extensions. However, our law firm is working on filing cases for work authorization based on the special circumstance of the international pandemic.

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