Washington: For the second consecutive year, the US has received sufficient number of applications in five days for its much coveted H-1B work visas to meet the Congressional mandated cap of 65,000.
On April 1, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had started accepting the applications for the allocation of visas – highly popular among IT professionals – for the fiscal year 2015 beginning October 1, 2014.
This is the second consecutive year that the cap has been reached in the first five days.
USCIS yesterday said it has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the US advanced degree exemption.
USCIS had said it anticipated receiving more than enough petitions to reach both caps by April 7.
“Before running a random selection process, USCIS will complete initial intake for all filings received during the filing period which ended on April 7,” it said.
Due to the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the date on which it will conduct the random selection process, it added.