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We are very proud of our client, Farah Khairi, who was featured in the Houston Chronicle's Food section for her talents and experience as a sommelier! The article is available here.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the FY 2016 H-1B cap has been reached. All petitions submitted between April 1st and 7th of 2015 will be placed in a lottery for random selection.
Read Kathryn N. Karam's latest article in OilPro magazine on considerations for employees in the United States on nonimmigrant visas who are laid off.
According to the Department of State's Foreign Affairs Manual, Consulates and embassies may issue H visas to visa applicants up to 90 days before the beginning date of employment-authorized legal status. Thus, Beneficiaries of H-1B petitions who are outside the United States may now apply for H-1B visas. In the case of cap-subject H-1B petitions, H-1B employment may begin no earlier than October 1st of the year that the petition was accepted for processing.
Today USCIS announced that it received approximately 172,500 H-1B petitions for this year's H-1B cap. There are only 20,000 slots for those who qualify for the U.S. Master's degree cap (individuals who earned a master's degree or higher in the U.S.) and there are 65,000 slots for those who meet the regular cap (those who have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent or higher). Individuals who are not selected for the 20,000 available master's cap slots become part of the pool of 65,000 petitions to be randomly selected in the regular cap.