H-1B Cap Reached in 1st Week

April 8, 2016

For the fourth straight year, the H-1B Cap has been filled in the first week in which cap-subject H-1B petitions are accepted (April 1 – 7). USCIS will run a random lottery to determine which of the petitions received during this week will be accepted under the cap and processed.

The current annual cap on H-1B admissions is 65,000 workers, plus an additional 20,000 for holders of U.S. Master’s degrees or higher. Last year USCIS received nearly 233,000 cap-subject petitions for these 85,000 available slots – an all time record. If that record is broken yet again this year, it’s likely that fewer than 1 out of every 3 petitions will even be processed, bringing into sharp relief the need for legislation to increase the cap.

Cap-exempt employers – including colleges and universities and related or affiliated non-profit entities, non-profit research organizations, and governmental research organizations – are free to file an H-B petition at any time of the year.


TAGS: , ,

Related News

July 26, 2021

August 2021 Visa Bulletin

Subsequent to the issuance of the August 2021 Visa Bulletin USCIS has informed prospective applicants of which chart to reference when…More


July 20, 2021

DACA Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge

A Federal Judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unconstitutional, stopping…More


June 21, 2021

July 2021 Visa Bulletin

Subsequent to the issuance of the July 2021 Visa Bulletin USCIS has informed prospective applicants of which chart to reference when…More

 
Image Image Image Image