Published April 21, 2017


Within the first week of availability, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services received more than enough petitions to exhaust the entirety of the coming fiscal year’s supply of 85,000 H-1B work visas – which include 65,000 H-1B visas for the general petitioning population and 20,000 reserved for petitions on behalf of workers who received advanced degrees from U.S. institutions.    

Specifically, this year 199,000 visa petitions were received the first week of April, and this amount represents a 15.7 percent decrease from the 236,000 requests for the same period last year.

Notifications to employers whose H-1B visa petitions have been selected in a random lottery process are now being sent by US CIS.



PUBLISHED April 21, 2017– “IMMIGRATION LAW FORUM” Copyright © 2017, By Law Offices of Richard Hanus, Chicago, Illinois