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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Newsflash – USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has now received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 for fiscal year 2018.  USCIS has also received more that the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.  A computer-generated “lottery” process will be used to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps for each category.

USCIS reports receiving 199,000 H-1B petitions during this year’s H-1B lottery filing period, which is lower than the previous two years’ submissions totals. 
  • FY 2018 – cap reached April 7, 2017 (199,000)
  • FY 2017 – cap reached April 7, 2016 (236,000) 
  • FY 2016 – cap reached April 7, 2015 (233,000)
  • FY 2015 – cap reached April 7, 2014 (172,500)
  • FY 2014 – cap reached April 7, 2013 (124,000)
For more information, please see the USCIS press release here.

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