Starting on April 1 of this year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions, and has recently announced that it continues to accept new petitions.
This type of work visa is used by foreign professionals with technical expertise, including scientists, engineers and computer programmers who want to work for an American company. According to the Economic Times, India-born IT professionals are believed to be the largest beneficiary group of this type of visa.
The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with US master’s degrees are exempt from the general cap for the number of H-1B visas granted during any fiscal year, which stands at 65,000. USCIS announced that it has already received 4,500 petitions towards the master’s degree cap, and 5,900 toward the general cap.
When the cap is met, USCIS will issue a notice to the public informing them that the cap has been met. Applications are considered as received by the final receipt date – the date that the cap is met – if USCIS physically receives the package by that date.