Many of you have been waiting for the opening of the H-1 B visa filing dates, for the FY 2016. Your wait is finally over! USCIS will start accepting H-1 B visa petition from Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015.
The earliest working date for Cap-subject H-1 B Visa will be October 1, 2015 or later.
In preparation for the opening of the FY 2016 H-1 B Visa filing period, employers are encouraged to identify current & future employees, who need H-1 B visa status to be legally employed in the US. As, it would permit employers to recruit highly specialized foreign workers such as engineers, scientists and computer programmers.
H-1 B visa Cap Limit & Reservation for FY 2016:
- Federal Law limits H-1 B visas to 65,000 for each fiscal year.
- 6,800 visas reserved for Chile & Singapore citizens.
- Additional 20,000 H-1 B visas for beneficiaries ( with US Master degree or higher)
Who are required to file H-1 B petition:
- Individuals employed as F-1 Students or J-1 trainees.
- Individuals seeking a change to H-1 B status from another visa status such as L-1, TN, O-1 or E-3.
In case petition extends H-1 B Visa limit, the selection process will be :
- USCIS will do random selections through computer-generated process or will conduct lottery.
- Petitions that are not selected, will be rejected & returned with filing fees.
- Any beneficiary that is not selected will be included in second lottery.
Who are not subjected to annual FY limitations:
- Foreign workers who file petition to extend or renew H-1 B Visa.
- Foreign workers who file amended H-1 B Visa petition.
- Employers of institutions, non-profit entities, nonprofit research organizations, government research organizations, who file petition on behalf of new workers to be employed in H-1 B status.
For More details on H-1 B visa, you can visit http://www.uscis.gov/eir/visa-guide/H-1 B-specialty-occupation/understanding-H-1 B-requirements