4/7/16, 2.39 p.m. CST
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The agency received more than the limit of H-1B petitions under the regular H-1B cap (65,000) and the US Master’s degree cap (20,000).
Once USCIS has completed the initial intake of cases received before the deadline ends today, they will conduct the lottery. USCIS will first randomly select the 20,000 advanced degree cases. The unsuccessful advanced degree cases will then be added to the regular cap cases, and USCIS will choose the 65,000 general cap cases. Any unsuccessful cases will be returned to the employer or attorney, with the filing fees.
We don't yet know how many cases USCIS has received, or when they will conduct the lottery. Stay tuned for more updates as they occur.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.