• On April 7, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016 and had also received more than the 20,000 limit for H-1B petitions filed under the US advanced degree exemption. USCIS received almost 233,000 petitions, a significant increase from the approximately 172,500 petitions filed for fiscal year 2015.
  • On April 13, 2015, a lottery was conducted to select the 65,000 general H-1B petitions and the 20,000 advanced-degree exemption petitions for fiscal year 2016. Unselected petitions and their filing fees will be rejected and returned.
  • Petitions selected for fiscal year 2016, which were filed with a premium processing request, will be processed beginning April 27, 2015.