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Immigration & Compliance Law 
233,000 H-1B Cap Cases Received by USCIS

  

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the masters cap.


Yesterday (April 13), the USCIS announced that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.  This means that only about one third (1/3) of the cap-subject H-1B petitions filed will be selected in the lottery.

 

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.


USCIS has indicated that it will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 11, 2015.

 

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Leila Freijy
Law Office of Leila Freijy PLLC