USCIS Reached H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2019

April 6, 2018 Britni Sehgal

USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap.

The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings.

USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, will also not be counted toward the FY 2019 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

  • Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;
  • Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
  • Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
  • Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.

U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require specialized knowledge.

Previous Article
H-1B Application Denied: Now What?
H-1B Application Denied: Now What?

On April 2, USCIS began accepting applications for the H-1B visa lottery, and if last year is any indicatio...

Next Article
H-1B Application Accepted: Now What?
H-1B Application Accepted: Now What?

H-1B cap season is here. On April 2, USCIS began accepting applications for the H-1B visa lottery, and if l...

×

Subscribe to Our Blog to Stay Informed on the Latest Immigration Policies.

Job Title
Company
Phone Number
I am a...
Thank you for subscribing!
Error - something went wrong!