USCIS announced that it reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B cap for FY2019. USCIS also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the master’s cap. USCIS will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings.
From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services <[email protected]>
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2018 11:01 AM
Subject: USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap
USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the 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.
Source: AILA Doc. No. 18040631.