ALERT—USCIS announced on 4/7/17 that it has reached the H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2018 for both regular and master’s cap petitions.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced today that it has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018 and it received enough H-1B visa petitions to meet the 20,000 so called “master’s cap”. What this means is that unselected petitions will now be returned with filing fees to the petitioning employer or immigration counsel’s office.
USCIS has not yet indicated how many petitions were filed under the FY 2018 H-1B visa cap. We will provide that information once it becomes available.
The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing immigration benefits including H-1B visas. If you need assistance with an H-1B visa, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.
What Happens Next?
Now that the FY 2018 H-1B visa cap has been reached, USCIS will reject and return the filing fees of the unselected petitions. If your H-1B visa petition was exempt from the cap, USCIS will continue to process it. Also, if you were previously counted against the H-1B visa cap, and you have retained your cap number, you will not be counted toward the FY 2018 visa cap.
In addition, USCIS will continue to process H-1B petitions filed to:
- Extend H-1B status
- Amend the terms and conditions of employmetn for current H-1B workers
- Transfer an H-1B visa to another employer
- File a concurrent H-1B petition
U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require specialized knowledge.
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