H-1B update for FY 2016 new petitions subject to quota

On April 7, 2015, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency received more H-1B petitions subject to annual quota limits for Fiscal Year 2016 than the law allows to be granted. The agency has not yet announced how many petitions were received or the date when it will conduct the selection process.

As was done in the last two fiscal years, the agency will randomly select from all of the petitions received between April 1 and 7. The random selection process is likely to be completed before the end of April.  All unselected petitions will be returned, along with checks for the government filing fees—most likely in May. Processing of selected petitions will begin during the same period, with the 15-day premium processing service likely to re-start in the last week of April.

The full text of the press release can be found at USCIS web site and the USCIS web site for the H-1B FY 2015 Cap Season, can be found here.

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Matt Schulz

About Matt Schulz

Matt Schulz is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice with a focus on business immigration and employment law. He is a leader in the firm's Global Mobility practice and a member of Dentons' Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies practice.

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