Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Newsflash – USCIS Completes FY 2017 H-1B Cap Random Lottery

On April 12, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough H-1B petitions to reach the 65,000 general-category quota and 20,000 U.S. advanced degree exemption quota.  The total number of petitions received during the fiscal year (FY) 2017 filing period, which began on April 1, was approximately 236,000, up nearly 3,000 from last year.  All cap petitions that were not selected will be returned with filing fees.
As announced on March 16, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases by May 16, 2016. 
USCIS will also continue to accept and process H-1B petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap, including those filed on behalf of H-1B workers who have been previously counted towards the cap, and others 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.

For more information on regular and premium processing for FY 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions, please see the related alert here.

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