This is a busy time of year for H-1B petitioning employers who are filing H-1B applications with the United States Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS) due on April 1. USCIS is predicting an even higher number of petitions to be filed this year, exceeding the over 230,000 cases filed on April 1 in 2015. The larger amount of filed cases will result in the H-1B cap being reached within several days, meaning that USCIS’ computer-generated random lottery process will be initiated again.
The increase in Requests for Evidence (RFE) that followed the 2016 H-1B cap year has prompted H-1B petitioners to ensure their petitions are as complete and accurate as possible to avoid additional delays following the April 1 deadline. Petitioners are also encouraged to utilize Premium Processing to avoid significant delays in having their cases decided.