H-1B cap reached for FY 2019, lottery triggered

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2019. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2019 cap or the advanced degree exemption after today.

USCIS is expected to use a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as the “lottery”) for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions received through April 6, 2018. The agency typically conducts the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first, and includes all advanced degree petitions not selected in the random selection process for the 65,000 limit. The exact day of the random selection process has not yet been announced.

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