U.S. to start accepting H-1B applications from April

Updated - November 17, 2021 02:01 am IST

Published - March 17, 2016 01:01 pm IST - WASHINGTON:

The United States would start accepting applications for the much sought-after H-B work visas for highly-killed workers for the fiscal year 2017 from the beginning of next month, officials said.

H-B visa, popular among Indian techies, is used by American companies to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialised knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.

Cap stays

There is no change in the Congressionally-mandated cap of 65,000 on H-1B visas for the Financial Year 2017, beginning October 1.

The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for individuals with a U.S. Master’s degree or higher are exempted from the 65,000 cap.

In a statement, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said this year it expects to receive more than 65,000 petitions during the first five business days of the programme.

The agency will monitor the number of petitions received and notify the public when the H-1B cap has been met.

Random selection if pleas are in excess

“If USCIS receives an excess of petitions during the first five business days, the agency will use a computer- generated lottery system to randomly select the number of petitions required to meet the cap,” the official statement said.

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