Friday, February 27, 2015

Last Call for New H-1Bs in advance of the April 1st filing date

H-1B petitions will be accepted by the USCIS for employer filing for October 1, 2015 employment on April 1, 2015. Last year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 9, 2014, that it had received 172,500 H-1B visa petitions for the 65,000 H-1B available numbers.  This exceeded the 124,000 H-1B visa petitions the USCIS received in the previous year.  USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.  
Because of the large number of petitions received during the filing period, the agency used a computer-generated random selection process or “lottery” to select petitions to meet the 65,000 cap for the general category and the 20,000 advanced degree cap under the advanced degree exemption limit. It is likely that the low cap numbers will be not be sufficient for this year's volume demand and that the cap will close quickly as it did last year.