Why the FY-2018 H-1B Cap Season Is Unlike Any Other

It’s a typical Saturday morning in March, and immigration attorneys and their staff at Foster LLP in Austin and Houston, just like their nationwide colleagues, are feverishly working to prepare Labor Condition Applications (LCA) for filing with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL),...

236,000 H-1B Cap Cases Filed – Premium Adjudications to Begin by May 16th

On April 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that CIS received over 236,000 FY-2017 H-1B petitions during the filing period from April 1-7, 2016.  On April 9th, the CIS applied the required random selection process (“lottery”) to select petitions...

H-1B Season is Rapidly Approaching – Plan Now for Filing New H-1B Petitions on April 1, 2016

In less than three months, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017) H-1B quota. No more than 85,000 new H-1B visa numbers, which include 20,000 Master’s...

H-1B Cap Receipt Process Now Complete

On May 4, 2015 the USCIS announced that it has completed the receipt and data entry of all Fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap cases. This means that the receipt notices for cases selected under the cap will likely be received in the next several days. If a receipt notice is not received...

H-1B Cap Met – 233,000 Cases Filed; Premium Adjudications to Begin May 11th

On April 13, 2015, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that CIS received almost 233,000 FY-2016 H-1B petitions during the filing period from April 1-7, 2015. On April 13th, the CIS applied the required random selection process (“lottery”) to select...

FY 2016 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the CIS had received enough H-1B petitions to exhaust the H-1B quota (including the 20,000 for U.S. advance degree holders) for Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016). No...

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Announces the H-2B Cap Has Been Reached

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 2, 2015 that it had received enough H-2B petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap for the first half of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. An H-2B visa is a temporary work visa for foreign workers...

H-1B Season is Rapidly Approaching – Plan Now for Filing New H-1B Petitions on April 1, 2015

In less than three months, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016) H-1B quota. No more than 85,000 new H-1B visa numbers, which include 20,000 Master’s...
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