As expected, the H-1B visa ﬁling period for the 2017 Federal ﬁscal year ended on April 7th. USCIS will now hold a lottery to select the petitions it will process.
For the 2016 and 2015 ﬁscal years, the H-1B ﬁling period ended on April 7th. For the 2014 ﬁscal year, the period ended on April 5th, for the 2013 ﬁscal year it ended on June 11, 2012, and for the 2012 ﬁscal year it ended on November 22, 2011. Clearly, Congress needs to increase the number of H-1B visas available to ensure that US employers can acquire the talent they need and to ensure that these employers are not forced to ship jobs abroad.
For the 2016 ﬁscal year, USCIS received about 172,500 H-1B petitions for the 85,000 visas available.
Employers wishing to ﬁle H-1B visas petitions for the 2016 Federal ﬁscal year, which begins on October 1, 2015, need to start the process in early March 2015 in order to ensure that their application can be ﬁled no later than April 7th, when that ﬁling period is also expected to end. The petition must be received by USCIS no later than COB April 7th.
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