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U.S. H-1B 2018 Visa Applications Open April 3

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U.S. H-1B 2018 Visa Applications Open April 3

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017.

~ U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

According to CNN, in 2016 the cap of 85,000 H-1B visas was reached less than a week after applications opened; and during that time 236,000 petitions were submitted.

United States H-IB Visa Facts:

  • H-1B Visas are offered through a lottery
  • 85,000 H-1B Visas are awarded each year
  • H-1B Visas are good for 3 years
  • California seeks more H-1B Visa holders than any other state, followed by Texas and New York
  • 2/3 of H1-B Visas granted in 2015 were for tech jobs

Non-premium visa petitions took up to eight months for approval; the U.S. recently announced a temporary suspension up to 6 months for premium processing for all H-1B petitions beginning April 3.


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