FY2016 H-1B Lottery Update


USCIS announced that it will begin processing premium processing cases filed in the FY2016 H-1B visa lottery on April 27, 2015. This advances the previous announced processing date of May 11, 2015 by two weeks. What this means for Petitioners and Beneficiaries represented by the April 1, 2015 filing is that USCIS will notify those selected in the lottery in advance of April 27, 2015. Notification this early in April is much sooner than USCIS has provided in years past.

For H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap and for any other visa classification, the 15-day processing period for premium processing service will begin on the date that USCIS receives the request. However, for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including advanced degree exemption petitions, the 15-day processing period set by 8 CFR 103.7(e)(2) will begin on April 27, 2015, regardless of the date on the Form I-797 receipt notice, which indicates the date that the premium processing fee is received.

USCIS encourages H-1B applicants to subscribe to the H-1B Cap Season email updates located on the H-1B FY2016 Cap Season Web page.

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