Tuesday, April 26, 2016
On May 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. USCIS first announced that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic premium processing receipt levels, combined with the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season.
Friday, April 8, 2016
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has once again received more than enough H-1B petitions within the first five business days of the fiscal year 2017 filing period to reach the annual cap of 85,000 new visas. It is the fourth consecutive year requests outstripped supply in less than a week, triggering a lottery.
Demand for the visas, which plunged during the recession, began to rise again in 2011. The visas are initially approved for three years and can be extended for another three. Such visa extensions don’t count toward the cap.
H1B 2017 Lottery Details :