U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has now reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2018. USCIS is been able to receive a sufficient number of H-1B petitions in order to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption that is also known as the master’s cap.
The agency will form now on reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings.
On the other hand, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are exempt from the cap. You should also know that USCIS already suspended premium processing of April 3 for up to six months for all H-1B petitions; including cap-exempt petitions. All petitions that are filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, will not be counted toward the congressionally mandated FY 2018 H-1B cap. USCIS is planning to continue accepting and processing 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.
American businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require specialized knowledge and that U.S skilled workers cannot fill the position.
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