As expected, on April 7, 2016, during the first week it began accepting FY2017 H1B petitions for an employment start date of October 1, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally-mandated FY2017 H1B cap. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H1B petitions filed under the US advanced degree exemption. more »
UPDATE: USCIS will resume premium processing on petitions for H1B extension on July 13, 2015. The Agency had suspended H1B extension premium processing in May 2015.
On May 26, 2015, USCIS began a temporary suspension of H1B extension premium processing until July 27, 2015. During this period, USCIS did not accept Premium Processing Requests for H1B extensions of stay. However, they continued premium processing of H1B Extension petitions with filing dates prior to May 26, 2015.
USCIS has reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year FY2016 for cap-subject employment starting October 1, 2015. In addition, USCIS has received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the US advanced degree exemption.
Now that the FY2016 H-1B quota is filled, USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the H-1B lottery, to randomly select the petitions necessary to meet the FY2016 H-1B cap. For FY2016, the H1B limits are 65,000 for the general H1B category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption. more »
On January 13, 2015, a bipartisan group of Senators re-introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (S.153), also known as the I-Squared Act (I-2 Act). Among other things, the I-Squared Act would increase the annual H-1b cap, provide for work authorization for H-4 spouses, allow for increased portability among employers and establish a number of provisions to allow green cards to be issued much more quickly. more »
USCIS received approximately 172,500 petitions subject to the annual H1B cap during the FY2015 filing period, which began April 1, 2014, including petitions filed under the advanced degree H1B cap exemption. This means that nearly 85,000 H1B candidates will not receive an H1B for the coming fiscal year beginning October 1, 2014 (FY2015). It also means that if Congress does not act, H1B candidates who did not receive an H1B number for the coming fiscal year must wait until the beginning of the following fiscal year (FY2016, which begins October 1, 2015) to try once again for an H1B. more »
USCIS announced today (April 7, 2014) that they have received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory H-1B cap for fiscal year 2015 (FY2015). USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the US advanced degree H-1B exemption. Unless Congress acts, no new cap-subject H-1B numbers will be available until October 1, 2015 (the first filing date for an October 1, 2015, employment start date is April 1, 2015). more »
For the first time since 2008, USCIS reached the statutory FY-2014 H-1B cap of 65,000 and the FY-2014 H-1B cap on advanced degree H-1B petitions within the first week of the H-1B filing period (starting April 1, 2013). On April 7, 2013, USCIS conducted the FY-2014 H-1B lottery to determine which of the cap-subject FY-2014 H-1B petitions would be eligible for further processing for the coming fiscal year (beginning October 1, 2013). more »
On April 5, 2013, USCIS announced that they had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the FY-2014 H-1B cap for cap-subject H-1B petitions with an employment start date of October 1, 2013. In addition, USCIS also announced that they had received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. more »
USCIS will begin accepting FY2014 H-1B petitions Monday, April 1, 2013, for employment beginning October 1, 2013. The Service anticipates that it may receive more petitions than the H-1B cap allows between April 1, 2013 and April 5, 2013. In that case, USCIS will hold a lottery to determine which cap-subject FY2014 H-1B petitions they accept for consideration. Note that those who do not file a cap-subject FY2014 H-1B petition before the annual quota is exhausted may be locked out of the H-1B program until the start of the following fiscal year (FY2015), which begins October 1, 2014. more »
A group of US Senators introduced a Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform 2013 January 29, 2013, closely followed by the White House’s Blueprint for Immigration Reform 2013 (Full Text; Fact Sheet), introduced January 30, 2013. In addition, another group of US Senators have introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013–I2– (I2 summary; full text of I2 Bill), a complementary plan for immigration reform that includes fixes for various legal immigration issues, including an H-1B cap increase, and changes in temporary visa and green card opportunities for those with STEM backgrounds, among other things. more »