USCIS To Begin H-1B Visa Applications Intake For FY 2016, Effective 1 April 2015

16 Mar 2015


Immigration News

Here’s some good news for all IT professionals who would like to work in the US. The USCIS would begin applications intake for H-1B visa program, effective 1 April 2015, for the fiscal year 2016.

The H-1B program is used by the US businesses to recruit overseas employees in highly skilled professions such as computer programming, engineering and science.

The parliamentary mandated cap for 2016 H-1B visa program is 65,000. The initial 20,000 H-1B applications filed by individuals holding US master’s degree and are excluded from the cap of 65,000.

USCIS is likely to receive more applications than the available H-1B cap within the first five business days of 2016 FY.

The USCIS agency would scrutinize the number of applications received and inform the people when the H-1B cap has been reached. The agency would use a lottery system if it receives more petitions and pick the applications randomly in order to meet the cap. 

H-1B applicants might yet continue to ask for premium processing with their H-1B applications. However, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has adjusted its present premium processing practice temporarily depending on historic premium processing receipt levels as well as the prospect that H-1B visa cap would be reached during the initial five business days. In order to register data entry for lid subjected to H-1B petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will start premium processing for H-1B cap applications requesting premium processing before 11 May 2015.

Apparently, H-1B visa applicants are advised that when the short-term job or training will be in various locations, the state where the firm’s main office is situated would determine the apt Service Center to which applicants must send their Form I-129 package, irrespective of their worksites locations in the US.

Sources said that H-1B applicants should follow all legal and authoritarian prerequisites as they arrange applications, in order to evade wait times in processing as well as possible requests for proof. 

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