Master CAP has been Reached For H-1B Petitions

The desire to get a H-1B has grown immensely this fiscal year, with over 233,000 petitions! Although the USCIS will only allow 65,000 foreign nationals to be issued a H-1B status each fiscal year. This Visa would allow foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering, and computer programming to work in the USA. The VISA would allow the individual to stay in the USA for a duration of three years but could be extendable to six based on their situation.

H1B-Visa CAP 2015The USCIS used a computer generated random selection process and 65,000 were selected and met the general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.
If you did submit a H-1B petition and were not selected your petition will be returned along with their filing fees, unless the petition was found to be a duplicate filing.
Have no fear if you are already currently working under a H-1B visa you have been counted previously against the cap will also not be counted towards the 2016 fiscal year H-1B cap.

USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;
  • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.

About Fadi Minawi

Fadi primarily practices in US Immigration Law. He assists with matters relating to business immigration (including: relocation, expansion, investments, and work visas), litigation, admissibility issues, customs forfeitures and other cross-border issues. Fadi is also a criminal defense attorney and can assist with criminal matters in the US. Read more

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