USCIS Accepting H1-B Visa Petitions Beginning April 1

    View Author February 2016

    On Friday, April 1, 2016 US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting filings of H-1B specialty occupation visa petitions for employment in the fiscal year 2017. It is important for employers to submit petitions early for new and existing employees eligible for a first-time H-1B visa to begin employment in FY 2017 (i.e., on or after October 1, 2016). This alert contains key information for employers to know prior to the April 1, 2016 commencement of the FY 2017 H-1B filing period.