The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the November 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the 2nd visa bulletin for the 2017 fiscal year (FY2017).

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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the October 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the first visa bulletin for the 2017 fiscal year (FY2017).

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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the September 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the last visa Bulletin for the 2016 fiscal year (FY2016).

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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the August 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the eleventh visa Bulletin for the 2016 fiscal year (FY2016).

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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the July 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the tenth visa Bulletin for the 2016 fiscal year (FY2016).

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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the June 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the ninth visa Bulletin for the 2016 fiscal year (FY2016).

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As reported by the USCIS, on May 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher. USCIS first announced in a news release that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic premium processing receipt levels, combined with the possibility that the H-1B cap will be met in the first 5 business days of the filing season. 

USCIS provides premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions and guarantees a 15-calendar-day processing time. 

For H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap and for any other visa classification, the 15-day processing period for premium processing service begins on the date that USCIS receives the request. However, for cap-subject H-1B petitions, including advanced degree exemption petitions, the 15-day processing period set by 8 CFR 103.7(e)(2) will begin on May 12, 2016, regardless of the date on the Form I-797 receipt notice, which indicates the date that the premium processing fee is received. 

We encourage H-1B applicants to subscribe to the H-1B Cap Season email updates located on the H-1B FY2017 Cap Season Web page.

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As reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, on 4/9/16 to select enough petitions to meet the FY2017 H-1B cap. USCIS received over 236,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period and will begin premium processing no later than 5/16/16.

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The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the April 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the seventh Visa Bulletin for the 2016 fiscal year (FY2016).

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USCIS announced that it has made its website easier to use on a mobile device. According to USCIS, approximately 30% of its website users visit using a mobile device.

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