U.S. Alert – USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2017, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap.[1]

U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

Process for FY 2018:

On April 17, 2017, USCIS announced that they received over 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 3, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. The number of petitions filed this year is down from the record breaking filings for FY 2016 where USCIS received 236,000 petitions. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing. The agency will conduct the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All unselected advanced degree petitions will then become part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.

[1] https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-completes-h-1b-cap-random-selection-process-fy-2017

Alert By: Melissa Winkler