USCIS Reaches 2018 H-1B Cap

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the H1-B cap of 65,000 visa petitions for fiscal year 2018.  The 20,000-petition cap has also been reached for the advanced degree exemption, which applies to positions that require master’s degrees or higher.  When the cap is exceeded, the agency uses a computer lottery to select petitions that will be processed this year.
While the general and advanced degree exemption caps have been met, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the country; change the terms of employment for a current H-1B worker; allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.