This year has been a the U.S. has received a significant increase to the amount of H-1B petitions submitted for this fiscal year, about 50% more then what was received last year. The government only issues 85,000 H-1B visas a year, and 20,000 are reserved for people who have earned advanced degrees.
So if you have submitted an H-1B petition, the odds of you being accepted are quite low since only about 36% of the applications will be accepted. They are now using the lottery method to choose who will get issued an H-1B visa, this is the third year in a row this method has been used. They are looking for new ways to address the visa issue since it’s only getting worse, with more and more petitions being submitted every year. The next set of visas will be issued at the start if the 2016 federal fiscal year, which begins October 1st.
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