US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that it would begin accepting H-1B petitions for Fiscal Year 2017 on April 1, 2016. The agency expects to receive enough petitions to meet the 65,000 quota in the first 5 days of April. As a result, it is critical that cap-subject H-1Bs are filed between Friday, April 1 and Thursday, April 7, 2016.
USCIS will not start Premium Processing for any case until it has finished the data entry for the cases accepted in the cap "lottery." The statement confirms that Premium Processing will start "no later than May 16, 2016."
For more information, please contact Elaine Martin, Immigration Attorney.
See also: USCIS News Release
USCIS H-1B Cap Season web page
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.