Tag Archives: H-1B cap

Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

Late Friday evening on March 3, 2017, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B petitions, including CAP-subject H-1B petitions.  The temporary suspension will begin on Monday, April 3, 2017, and may continue for up to 6 months.  This procedural change is intended … Continue Reading

Data Entry Completed for Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

As GT previously reported, this year USCIS received over 236,000 H-1B cap-subject petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.  USCIS has now announced that as of May 2, 2016, all data entry for fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random process has been completed. USCIS will … Continue Reading

2015 H-1B Cap Met, USCIS Conducts Lottery

USCIS announced that it received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions during the first week of the FY2015 filing period, which ran from April 1, 2014 to April 7, 2014.  As the FY2015 H-1B cap is officially oversubscribed by approximately 87,500 petitions, USCIS will no longer be accepting H-1B cap cases.  The FY2015 H-1B filings marks the … Continue Reading

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H‐1B Cap

Today, the USCIS announced that the FY 2015 H-1B cap is now closed because it has received a sufficient number of H‐1B petitions to reach the 65,000 statutory cap as well as the 20,000 advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject any cap‐subject H-1B petitions received on or after April 8, 2014 seeking an employment start … Continue Reading

USCIS Strictly Enforcing the Statutory Provisions in Adjudicating H-1B Petitions Filed Under the 20,000 Advanced Degree Cap

A separate cap of 20,000 H-1B’s is allotted for those foreign nationals who were awarded advanced degrees in the U.S. However, not all degrees qualify under this provision. Recently, USCIS has been enforcing this provision very strictly, issuing requests for evidence, denials, and even initiating revocation proceedings for previously approved petitions under the advanced degree … Continue Reading

Prepare Now for Foreign Talent Acquisition: H-1B Cap Demand Projected to Reach Five-Year High

With Scott Decker I. FISCAL YEAR FOR 2015 H-1B CAP U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will start accepting new H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. As such, employers must start identifying current and future employees who will need to be sponsored for new H-1B petitions as soon as possible, … Continue Reading