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Dates for H1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2016 Revealed: US

January 2015, 07
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H1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2016
Here’s good news for people who wish to apply for H1B visa. Now, potential aspirants can file their H1B visa petitions until 1 April 2015 and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept applications for the Fiscal Year 2016 starting from 1 April 2015.

H1B visa petitions for the new fiscal year starts from 1 October 2015 and government will continue to accept applications after 1 April 2015 given the condition that cap is not filled. The government encourages employees to realize whether they require H1B sponsorship.

Apparently, the growing economy will help the cap to be filled within April's first week and hence it is recommended for employers to decide on H-1B sponsorship within next few weeks. Moreover, it is highly imperative to prepare H-1B petitions at the earliest, which helps to file the H1B petitions to USCIS on the first day itself. Once the cap is filled, employers will not be able to file new H1B cap until 1 April 2016.

Notably, for FY 2016 the cap for H1B is 65,000 with an extra 20,000 visas allotted for people who hold a master’s degree or higher from an accredited educational institution of the country.

Sources stated that each petition requires acquiring certification by the Department of Labor (DOL) of a Labor Condition Application (LCA). And, DOL regulations takes maximum seven working days to certify an LCA.

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