Apr 17 2017

USCIS Reached FY 2018 H-1B Cap on April 7, 2017

On April 7th, 2017, USCIS announced that it has reached the 65,000 H-1B visa Regular Cap and the 20,000 visa H-1B Masters Cap for the 2018 Fiscal Year.

USCIS will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings.USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.  However, please keep in mind USCIS suspended premium processing on April 3 for up to six months for all H-1B petitions, including cap-exempt petitions. Petitions filed on behalf of 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 congressionally mandated FY 2018 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.

If you have any questions about your H-1B case, please contact us at info@menglawgrp.com.

Updated: 4/13/17