USCIS to Begin Accepting H-1B Petitions on April 1, 2015

Our U.S. Immigration Attorneys in Los Angeles are pleased to announce that beginning on April 1, 2015 USCIS will begin accepting H-1B applications for the Fiscal Year 2016 cap. The H-1B visa program is designed for U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require highly specialized knowledge and degrees in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming, to name a few. Read more about the H-1B nonimmigrant work visa on our website.

Since the H-1B Visa program’s start, Congress has mandated a cap for each Fiscal Year of 65,000 H-1B visas. The first 20,000 petitions filed for individuals who hold a U.S. Master’s degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap limit. During the first 5 business days of this year’s program, USCIS expects to receive over 65,000 petitions. Once the limit has been met, USCIS will issue a public memo. Once the limit is exceeded, USCIS will conduct a lottery system to randomly select the number of petitions required to meet the H-1B visa cap.

If you are interested in learning more about the H-1B visa program, or to see whether you qualify, contact our immigration lawyer in Los Angeles for a free consultation now.

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