U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced
on April 7, 2015 that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the
statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also
received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced
degree exemption, also known as the masters cap.
USCIS received about nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period,
which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree
exemption. On April 13, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection
process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000
general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees,
unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing.
The agency conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption
first. All unselected advanced degree petitions then became part of the random
selection process for the 65,000 limit.
on March 12, 2015, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases
no later than May 11, 2015.
USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise
exempt from the cap. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have
been counted previously against the cap will also not be counted towards the
congressionally mandated FY 2016 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and
process petitions filed to:
- Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may
remain in the United States;
- Change the terms of employment for current H-1B
- Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
- Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a
second H-1B position.
U.S. businesses use the H-1B
program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly
specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering, and computer
For more information, please see: http://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-completes-h-1b-cap-random-selection-process-fy-2016
The Law Office of Natalia Malyshkina wishes that all our valued clients win the H1B visa lottery. We also hope for an imigration reform which would increase the annual quota for H1B visas so that more educated and tallented people could work in the USA and be a productive part of teh USA economy.