By News Dispatches
Mar 26, 2013
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it would begin accepting H-1B petitions, the visa for highly skilled professional workers, subject to the fiscal year 2014 cap beginning April 1.
Cases will be accepted on the date USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted, not the date the petition is postmarked.
The cap is 65,000. In addition, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed for those with U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the that cap.
Based on feedback, USCIS said it anticipates it may receive more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1 and April 5. If USCIS receives more petitions than it can accept, USCIS will use a lottery system to randomly select the number of petitions required to reach the numerical limit.
USCIS will reject petitions that are subject to the cap and are not selected, as well as petitions received after it has the necessary number of petitions needed to meet the cap. The lottery for the H-1B cap was last used in April 2008.
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