Immigration Alert: FY2019 H-1B Cap Reached

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has reached the cap for new H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The U.S. advanced-degree exemption to the statutory cap has also been met.

Lottery Selection
Because USCIS has received more H-1B visa petitions than are available under the FY2019 quota, any petitions received between April 2 and April 6, 2018 will become part of a random lottery selection process.

H1-B Cap Exemptions
USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are cap-exempt. These include filings for extensions, amended petitions, changes of employer, concurrent employment for existing H-1B workers and petitions filed by organizations that are cap-exempt.

What Employers Can Expect
USCIS has not confirmed when petition selection will be completed. Petitioners may not receive notice of selection for several weeks or more.

If you have any questions regarding this alert, please contact your designated Gibney representative, or email