The Financial year 2016: Time to Prepare H-1B Visa

The deadline for the filing of H-1B visa is fast reaching its date. For the financial year of 2016, the last date for the petitions to be filed is 1 April 2015. Applications for the new economic year which begins on 1 October 2015 will be consented to by the government, starting 1 April  2015. USCIS or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will carry on with accepting new petitions for H-1B visas even after 1 April 2015 until the limits on applications are achieved. This year, again the limit is expected to reach soon, by the first week of April. Once the target is reached, employers will no longer be able to file new petitions until 1 April 2016.

For the Fiscal Year 2016, a total cap of 60,000 H-1B visFas has been set aside. An extra 20,000 visas have been set apart for individuals who have acquired a Master’s degree or a higher qualification from recognized U.S. educational institutions. Due to enhanced economy, this visa category will soon reach its mark. Each of the H-1B petitions needs certification by the Department of Labor of a Labor Condition Application. This usually takes seven working days.

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