USCIS to start accepting H-1B visa applications from 1st April, 2014

April 01, 2014
US H-1B Visa
Highly sophisticated arrangements have been made by the US Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) for receiving the much-in-demand H-1B visa applications, beginning on April 1st, keeping in view the expected huge rush of applications. 
H-1B visa is a non immigrant visa and the most popular among IT professionals; the USCIS will finalize the distribution of visas through a lottery based system.

USCIS is expecting that it may receive sufficient visa petitions for H-1B visas and may reach caps for both streams of H1-B by 7th April. The USCIS is equipped to follow a random selection procedure to meet the cap or numerical limit on H-1B visas. Genuine visa petitions which have not been chosen will be rejected and would be returned with fees.

USCIS as per Congressional mandated numerical limit can give out a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas for the FY 2015 that begins from 1st October 2014.

During the past several years, this cap on H-1B visa has been in place. Individuals who possess a higher degree or US master’s degree and have filed in the first batch of 20,000 H-1B visa petitions are exempted from this cap. Last year, ISIS conducted the computerized lottery for H-1B visas, for selecting the potential candidates.

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