Although USCIS will not begin accepting H-1B applications until April 1, 2017, it is critical to start preparing your application now, as the competition for this coveted visa is fierce. The H-1B visa has an annual numerical limit, or cap, of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. However, the first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the cap. In 2016, USCIS received 236,000 H-1B visa applications within the first five days of the application period. Once USCIS receives enough applications to satisfy the 65,000 quota, it implements a lottery. The applications that are not selected in the lottery are returned to the sender, along with their filing fees. In 2016, there was a 25% chance of an application making it through the lottery with a Bachelor’s Degree, and a one third chance with a Master’s Degree.
In addition to meeting the strict application requirements, applicants must also cross the additional hurdle of having their application in the
If you are thinking of applying for the H-1B visa, now is the time to start preparing your application, as it can take several months to compile the necessary documentation for an H-1B visa application. To find out if you qualify for an H-1B visa, for tips on how to prepare a successful application, or to obtain assistance with filing your application, check out our blog post here, or schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with The Grady Firm’s attorneys; call +1 (323) 450-9010; or fill out a Contact Request Form.
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