USCIS published guidelines for H1B Visa FY 2015 updates for the first time yesterday. Here’s the snapshot from the update
- Petitions Accepted From : April 1, 2014
- General H1B Cap – 65,000
- Advanced Degree Cap – 20,000
- Expected Petitions : More than available cap numbers ( H1B Visa 2015 Predictions )
- Deadlines to File : April 7, 2014 (if there is lottery)
- Premium Processing
- USCIS Expects Increase in Applications filed under Premium Processing
- Premium Processing Start Date – April 28, 2014
- Multiple H1B Visa petitions by Same Employer : Denied and Filing Fees will not be returned
- Not Selected in Lottery : Application Package will be returned with fees
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Changes to Premium Processing
Biggest change is the processing time for H1B Visa petitions that is filed under Premium Processing for FY 2015.
Since USCIS is expecting large number of H-1B applications, they have moved the Premium processing start time to no later that April 28, 2014.
This will give sufficient time for USCIS to conduct H1B Visa lottery.
How does this affect you?
Impact of delayed premium processing affects the H1B Visa FY 2015 processing time of both applications filed using premium processing and regular processing.
Impact of delayed premium processing start date can affect few applicants if they were planning to travel outside USA in early May.
Premium Processing guarantees 15 day processing period. If you had travel plans to go outside USA in First week of May, now, you may have to reconsider that.
Since, Premium processing is moved to End of April, I expect Regular Processing time will be much later. Expect about 3 to 5 months processing time for regular applications.
This change in Premium Processing impact only the H1B application submitted against FY 2015 Cap.
H1B Cap exempt applications and H1B Employee Transfer, Extensions will not be affected.
So, are you ready for H1B Visa 2015 Lottery? Even if you are not USCIS is ready. Now, the question is how many H1B Visa petitions will be submitted this year?