By Bill at January 29, 2016 01:15
USCIS will start accepting cap-subject H-1B visa petitions
on April 1, 2016
. How many H-1B visa will be available and how will they be allocated this time? Here is a quick summary:
- Annual Cap: 65,000
- Advanced Degree Exemption: 20,000
for those who have obtained a master's or higher degree from U.S. universities.
- Higher Education and Research Exemption: unlimited
for those who will work at institutions of higher education or related or affiliated nonprofit entities, nonprofit research organizations or governmental research organizations
- Guam Exemption: unlimited
for those who will work in Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
- Chile and Singapore Treaty Set-aside: unused portion of 6,800
Every fiscal year, 6,800 H-1B visas are set aside from the annual cap under the terms of the legislation implementing the U.S.-Chile and U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreements. Unused numbers in this pool are made available for H-1B use for the next fiscal year.
Since USCIS is expected to receive more than 200,000 H-1B visa petitions during the first week of April, it will use a lottery system to randomly select the petitions.
- USCIS will first sort out multiple or duplicative H-1B petitions filed by one employer for same employee. USCIS will deny those petitions without refunding the filing fees.
- USCIS will then sort out U.S. Master's cap petitions from non-U.S. Master's cases and then use a lottery system to randomly select 20,000 winners.
- All cases not selected as part of the U.S. Master's lottery will be entered into the bachelor's cap lottery system.
- USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions along with filing fees.
Wow! It is time for you to update your career profile
and pitch potential employers now
! You can review the just released 2016 edition of H-1B Visa Report
, and do your own analysis since all raw data are now available on myvisajobs.com
Not all jobs are created equal!