Advanced Degree Exemption

On November 18, 2016, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to “improve aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs.” This final rule also “amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting

The H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016) has been reached.  The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) made the announcement today.  (http://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-reaches-fy-2016-h-1b-cap)

  • After initial intake, at a date which is to be determined, USCIS will first “randomly select petitions for the advanced degree exemption” of 20,000.
  • Advanced-degree exemption petitions not selected within the