FY2018 H-1B Cap Reached

04/07/2017

Today USCIS announced it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2018, including the U.S. master's cap.

There is a Congressionally-mandated limit of 65,000 new H-1B visas per fiscal year, with an additional 20,000 visas available for beneficiaries who have earned a U.S. master's degree. USCIS will now use a computer-run lottery system to select petitions for processing among those it received within the first five business days of the filing period. This year, that five-day period covers all properly-filed H-1B cap petitions received by USCIS from April 3rd through April 7th. USCIS will return all petitions, including the filing fees, not selected in the lottery.

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