USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Choice Process for FY 2019

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By USCIS|Updated: April 15, 2018

WASHINGTON: On April 11, USCIS utilized a computer-generated random choice procedure to pick sufficient H-1B petitions to fulfill the congressionally-mandated cap and the United States advanced degree exemption, referred to as the master’s cap, for (FY) 2019.

USCIS got 190,098 H-1B petitions throughout the filing duration, which started April 2, consisting of petitions applied for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS revealed on April 6, that it had actually gotten enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 and the master’s cap of 20,000. USCIS will turn down and return all unselected petitions with their filing charges unless the petition is a forbidden multiple files (PDF, 119 KB).

USCIS carried out the choice procedure for the master’s cap. All unselected master’s cap petitions then entered into the random choice procedure for the 65,000 cap.

USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions applied for existing H-1B employees who have actually been counted formerly versus the cap, and who still maintain their cap number, will likewise not be counted to the FY 2019 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions submitted to:

  • Extend the amount of time an existing H-1B employee might stay in the United States;
  • Modification the regards to work for present H-1B employees;
  • Enable existing H-1B employees to alter companies; and
  • Enable present H-1B employees to work simultaneously in a second H-1B position.