USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions on May 31, 2018, under the

temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on

H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through

the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS said that in the first five

business days of filing, USCIS received petitions for more

beneficiaries than the number of H-2B visas available under the FY

2018 supplemental cap. Accordingly, USCIS said it is required by

regulation to use a computer-generated process, commonly known as a

lottery, to randomly select the number of petitions required to

meet the increased cap for FY 2018. The lottery will include all

H-2B cap-subject petitions received between May 31, 2018, and June

6, 2018. USCIS said it will reject and return all unselected

petitions with their filing fees, as well as any cap-subject

petitions received after June 6. All selected petitions will be

assigned the same receipt date once the lottery is completed.

Premium processing service for accepted petitions will begin on

that receipt date, USCIS said. The USCIS announcement is at https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/usc….

USCIS said it would post another Web alert once the lottery is

completed.

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