On April 7, 2015 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for the Fiscal Year 2016. USCIS also announced that it had received more than the 20,000 limit of H-1B petitions that were filed under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the U.S. Master’s Cap.
The Department of Homeland Security received about 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began on April 1, 2015. On April 13, 2015 USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, known as the H-1B visa lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general cap limit and 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 11, 2015. If you have questions about the H-1B visa, contact us now for a free consultation.