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H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Has Been Reached

According to an official announcement by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as of April 7, 2015, the statutory cap of 65,000 H-1B visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016 has been reached. Also, the USCIS has received a number of petitions exceeding the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap).

The number of petitions that the USCIS received during the H-1B filing period, including advanced degree petitions, was approximately 233,000. On April 13, the USCIS randomly selected 65,000 applications through a computer-generated system. Consequently, USCIS will reject all unselected petitions and return their filing fees (unless the petition has been found to be a duplicate).

All visa applicants who have submitted an H-1B petition should be aware that chances that they have selected in the computer-generated process are comparatively low. You are advised to consult an experienced immigration attorney for advice about alternative solutions. Failure to do so in a timely manner may result in a loss of your legal status.

Those whose applications have been selected should be aware that regular processing of the H-1B application takes around 3-4 months, while premium processing will take approximately 15 days. Also, premium processing of the applications will begin on 11 May, 2015.

Also, contact a qualified immigration attorney if you need to:

  • Extend the amount of time a H-1B worker may remain in the United States
  • Change terms and conditions for employment of a current H-1B worker
  • Change of employers and an H-1B visa transfer
  • To work concurrently in another H-1B job


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