On May 26, 2015, USCIS began accepting applications for employment authorization from H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who have already begun the employment-based permanent residence process. The eligibility requirements for H-4 employment authorization were previously outlined in our February 24, 2015, blog post DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses.
USCIS has announced that all data entry has been completed the data entry for all FY 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions chosen in this year's lottery. USCIS states that they will now begin returning petitions that were not chosen in the lottery, but that the timeframe for returning the petitions is unknown at this time due to the high volume of applications that were received.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they will begin premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing on April 27, 2015. The 15-day processing period set by 8 CFR 103.7(e)(2) will begin on April 27 regardless of the date on the Form I-797 receipt notice.
USCIS has announced that the H-1B random selection process (also known as the "lottery") for FY 2016 was conducted on April 13, 2015. Through this computer-generated process, USCIS has selected enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general cap and to meet the 20,000 advanced degree exemption (also known as the "Master's cap"). USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing.
USCIS has announced that the H-1B cap has been reached for FY 2016 for both the regular cap and the advanced degree exemption (also known as the "Masters Cap") on April 7, 2015.
Today USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez announced that, effective May 26, 2015, eligibility for employment authorization will be extended to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent residence.