On April 7, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has reached the statutory annual quota for H-1B visa petitions, which allow US employers to recruit and employ foreign professionals. This is the fifth year in a row in which the cap was reached within the first five working days of April, the “H-1B acceptance period” for “first in time” filings. As of the time of this writing, USCIS has not released the total number of H-1B petitions filed, although that figure likely exceeds the quota—65,000 under the bachelor’s degree quota and 20,000 under the US advanced degree exemption. USCIS has not advised on the timing for conducting a lottery to select petitions for processing under the quota. We will report further on the H-1B Cap as additional information becomes available from USCIS.
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