Demonstrating a critical demand for educated foreign workers in the United States, the annual H-1B cap was reached on April 6, 2018. This is the 6th year of H-1B cap being reached within the first week of filing acceptance.
USCIS has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019.
USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap.
The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings (PDF, 119 KB).