May 4, 2015
USCIS announced that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in a computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, the time frame for returning these petitions is uncertain. USCIS asks petitioners to not inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the petitions have been returned.
April 21, 2015
If you are seeking information regarding your H-1B status and have a receipt number, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at 1-800-375-5283.
If you do not have your receipt number, please contact the employer that filed your original petition.
April 14, 2015
On April 13, USCIS reported that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the April 1-7 filing period, a possible record number of filings. USCIS also stated that it conducted the "lottery" required by the regulations to select enough petitions to meet the annual 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return unselected petitions with their filing fees. Institutions of higher education continue to be exempt from the cap.
February 24, 2015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.
For more information on the H-4 nonimmigrant seeking employment news release, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/news/dhs-extends-eligibility-employment-authorization-certain-h-4-dependent-spouses-h-1b-nonimmigrants-seeking-employment-based-lawful-permanent-residence