On April 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for H-1B visas that are used for temporary skilled workers from foreign countries. Just days later on April 7, 2017, the USCIS announced that it has already reached the 65,000 visa cap for the 2018 fiscal year. In addition, the USCIS has also met the master’s cap, which is the additional 20,000 H-1B petitions for the exemption of those with advanced degrees.
There are a few other exemptions that may be applicable depending on your situation. Those categories that are exempt will continue to be processed. However, premium processing on H-1B petitions, including those with exemptions, will still remain suspended for up to 6 months. In addition, the USCIS will continue to process some petitions, most of which that involve current H-1B workers to make changes. For example, they will still process petitions for current H-1B visa holders who need to change employers, obtain a second H-1B position, change the terms of their employment, or petition to extend an H-1B visa for a current worker.
Our firm is dedicated to providing current and potential clients with up to date information about the rapid changes occurring in U.S. immigration policy and any updates that may be pertinent to visa filing. Contact our team of experienced immigration attorneys who can provide you with assistance if you have any questions.
The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout NYC. If you have questions as to whether consular processing is right for you, or you can maybe change your status in the United States instead of going home, please contact the office to discuss your situation and options