FY 2019 H-1B Cap Reached


Today USCIS announced it has received enough H-1B petitions to meet the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2019, 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 2nd through April 6th. USCIS will return all petitions, including the filing fees, not selected in the lottery.