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In Brief

For FY 2018, USCIS Receives 37,000 Fewer H-1B Petitions Than for FY 2017

17 April 2017
Mayer Brown In Brief

On April 17, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed the computer-generated random selection process for FY 2018. On April 7, 2017, USCIS announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to meet the annual 65,000 cap as well as the 20,000 cap on US advanced degree holders (the master's cap). USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the period April 3-7, 2017. This is the fifth year in a row that the cap was reached within the first five days of the filing period. (Last year the agency reported that it had received more than 236,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period.)

USCIS will send receipt notices to petitioners and their counsel for those cases selected in the lottery and will return all unselected petitions along with their filing fees. Those mailings should begin right away but can take some weeks to complete. USCIS also used the April 17 announcement to remind the public that it has temporarily suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions for up to six months.


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