US has already completed the lottery selection of the H1B visa applications on April 9. The country received one of the highest numbers of H1B applications which amounted to a whopping 2,36,000 in the general category cap for 2017. The number is almost three times the cap of 65,000 fixed by Congress. Many American companies applied for the H1B visa for bringing in employees, including countries like India. Employers applied to employ foreign workers in fields of engineering, IT, and science.
The category of advanced degree exemption also received more applications than the 20,000 cap. Many students looking to study in the USA universities made the number go up to a high mark. The applications opened on April 1, 2016. The huge response was in contrast with the current trends on the topic. The issue of H1B visas has already been featured as a hot topic in the elections, and politicians hold various standpoints on the subject.
Selection Of Successful Candidates Through System Generated Lottery
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had conducted a random lottery selection process through a computer for selecting the eligible applicants for H1B visas. The random selection process was adopted for both the general and advanced degree exemption categories. First, the 20,000 entries for the exempted degree section were selected. Then the remaining ones were shuffled for choosing the 65,000 eligible visa applicants for the general category.
May 16 Marks the Beginning of H1B Visa Premium Processing
The lottery has already been done over with, and the successful candidates are now waiting for the processing dates. USCIS has already announced on March 16 that it will begin processing applications within May 16, 2016. People who are exempted from the cap can continue to submit their applications. USCIS will receive and process them, and there are no fixed dates.
Rejection of H1B Visa Applications and Fee Reimbursement
The huge response to H1B visas also saw a huge rejection rate. USCIS will reject and send back all the unselected applications. The fees taken at the time of applying for the same will also be returned. But petitioners with duplicate entries will not be paid back their fee.