The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has now announced that it will begin accepting H1-B petitions for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 on April 3, 2017. This announcement means that everyone that will obtain an approval from the US government for FY 2018 H1B petitions will be able to start work in the country by October, 2017.
In a statement published by USCIS, they added: “All cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 3, 2017, for the FY 2018 cap will be rejected. H-1B petitioners must follow all statutory and regulatory requirements as they prepare petitions to avoid delays in processing and possible requests for evidence.”
The purpose of the H-1B visa program
The H-1B visa program was specifically designed by the government of the Unite States to allow US-based companies to acquire foreign workers temporarily in selected high-level positions.
Even though the country can only accept a limited number of applications for this particular program. The annual cap for this visa is 65,000 approvals as set by the US Congress. Also, there are 20,000 additional approvals that are reserved for foreign citizens with US Master’s degree or higher.
Beginning April 3, the premium processing for this visa will be put on hold until the starting date of fiscal year on October 1.
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