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
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC.