For the last three years, the H-1B visa cap has been met within the first days of filing. This year, USCIS will begin accepting applications on April 3, 2017 and it is expected that the cap will also be reached within the first few days of filing.
Here are the facts:
There are 65,000 H-1B cap-subject skilled worker visas up for grabs.
There are 20,000 H-1B cap-subject visas available for workers with a US masters or other advanced degree.
If USCIS receives more petitions than the cap provides visas, a random lottery will determine those petitions that are sent for processing.
Due to the high demand for skilled workers—especially skilled IT workers—it is likely that the cap will be hit within the first few days of filing, causing USCIS to process petitions via lottery.
Employers are advised to file their cap-subject petitions to be receipted on April 3, 2017.
Don’t stress! Let attorney Piyush Seth take care of all your H-1B-cap needs. All through January to March, we will work with you to consult and collect all the documents necessary to file on April 3, 2017 and make sure your petitions are safe with USCIS before time runs out.
Give us a call at 412-281-6005! We’d be happy to set up a consult and take that H-1B anxiety off of your hands.