This is just an example of the overload of applications that are being sent to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
USCIS received 172,500 H1B petitions from the when it began taking applications on April 1, 2014 until this Monday, April 7, 2014, when they stopped taking applications, according to a press release on their website. That’s right! The ability to even apply for a H1-B visa disappeared in less than a week.
The H1-B visa is for specialized workers in areas such as science, engineering, and computer programming. USCIS will not begin to accept applications for Fiscal Year 2016 until next year, April 1, 2015.
The USCIS said it will be conducting a computer-generated lottery to determine which petitions it will select for processing
If you were thinking about applying for a H1B visa, then you may want to consider other visa options.
These visa options may include investment visas (if you are willing to start and invest in a business), family petitions (if you have an immediate relative who is a Legal Permanent Resident or U.S. Citizen), and more. Please not that purchasing a piece of property in the United States does not in and of itself qualify a foreign individual for an immigration visa.
As previously stated, USCIS is currently experiencing an overwhelming number of applications for multiple different kinds of visas. As a result, it has been our experience that the requirements for each visa are much stricter than they used to be and the visa application process takes longer than it used to.
If you think that you may qualify for a visa or if you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your immigration options, then contact Boyer Law Firm’s immigration and international law attorneys today.