USCIS received 233,000 applications for H-1B visas

The demand for H1-B visas is so great that the federal government has received approximately 233,000 applications.

Last week I informed you that the available H-1B visas for fiscal year 2016 were sold out.

Today, April 13, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released how many applications they received. The agency also held a lottery today to select who will receive the visas.

Unsuccessful applications will be rejected and returned to the petitioner along with the fees charged.

If USCIS finds that someone violated the processing instructions and submitted two or more petitions to increase their chances, they will not refund the fees for processing the petitions, even if they were not selected for an H1-B visa.