Now it is time to prepare an H-1B petition to be filed on April 1, 2017
Posted on January 11, 2017
H-1B VISA FILING TIME NOW! Contact us NOW! CALL (860) 756 0940.
USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B visa petitions on April 1, 2017.
IT IS TIME OT BEGIN PREPARATIONS.
Frequently asked questions:
How many H-1B visa will be available and how will they be allocated this time? Here is a quick summary:
- Annual Cap: 65,000.
- Advanced Degree Exemption: 20,000 for those who have obtained a master’s or higher degree from U.S. universities.
- Higher Education and Research Exemption: unlimited for those who will work at institutions of higher education or related or affiliated nonprofit entities, nonprofit research organizations or governmental research organizations.
- Guam Exemption: unlimited for those who will work in Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
- Chile and Singapore Treaty Set-aside: unused portion of 6,800.
Every fiscal year, 6,800 H-1B visas are set aside from the annual cap under the terms of the legislation implementing the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. Unused numbers in this pool are made available for H-1B use for the next fiscal year.
Since USCIS is expected to receive more than 200,000 H-1B visa petitions during the first week of April, it will use a lottery system to randomly select the petitions
- USCIS will first sort out multiple or duplicate H-1B petitions filed by one employer for same employee. USCIS will deny those petitions without refunding the filing fees.
- USCIS will then sort out U.S. Master’s cap petitions from non-U.S. Master’s cases and then use a lottery system to randomly select 20,000 winners.
- All cases not selected as part of the U.S. Master’s lottery will be entered into the bachelor’s cap lottery system.
- USCIS will reject and return all petitions that were not selected along with filing fees.