USCIS Announces FY 2017 H-1B Cap Has Been Met

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced today that it has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will first randomly select petitions for the advanced degree exemption. All unselected advanced degree petitions will become part of the random selection process for the 65,000 general cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings. Before running the lottery, USCIS will complete initial intake for all filings received during the filing period, which ended April 7. The agency could not yet confirm how many H-1B petitions it received for this year’s cap, and a USCIS representative said that the number won’t be available for “at least a week or two.” Once the agency has the figure, it will sent out a web alert and put the information on its website, the USCIS representative said. Due to the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the date it will conduct the random selection process. We will continue to post Blog articles with information on the FY2017 H-1B quota as it becomes available.
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