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

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in How To Move To Canada, Tech Immigration and U.S. Immigration

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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Thank you so much for all your help with this! There are really no words. I appreciate your support throughout this process and for contacting the visa office to put some pressure on them for expedited processing. My stress level has been through the roof over the past week and a half.

God bless you all.

– Sherry and Nathan

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