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USCIS to Begin Accepting H-1B Petitions for 2017

On March 16, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions for 2017 as of April 1, 2016 until the cap has been met.

U.S. businesses utilize the H-1B program so they can hire foreign workers educated in highly specialized fields, such as the sciences, computer programming, and engineering.

For fiscal year 2017, the cap on H-1B visas has been set at 65,000. According to the USCIS, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions that are filed for applicants with a U.S. master’s degree or higher will be exempt from the 65,000 cap.

If you are interested in submitting a petition, it’s important to act fast because the USCIS expects to receive over 65,000 petitions by April 7.

As the petitions are submitted, the agency will be closely monitoring the number of submissions and will make a public announcement when the 65,000 cap has been met.

If the USCIS receives more than 65,000 petitions in the first five business days, the agency will randomly select petitions using a computer-generated lottery system until the cap is met.

Any petitions that were not randomly selected by the agency’s computer system will be rejected, as well as all other petitions received by the agency after the cap has been closed.

On its website, USCIS informed H-1B petitioners that in order to avoid processing delays, they must follow all regulatory and statutory requirements, as well as the agency’s requests for evidence.

In order to ensure that you follow the proper protocol in a timely fashion, an immigration attorney from our firm can help you complete and submit an FY 2017 H-1B petition to the USCIS.

For more detailed information on the H-1b visa program and the applicable processing times, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC.