FY2020 H-1B Cap Reached and Lottery Conducted
On April 11, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that the agency received 201,011 H-1B cap-subject petitions during the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 filing period (April 1 to April 5, 2019). USCIS also announced that it conducted the random selection process for both the regular H-1B cap of 65,000 petitions, and the U.S. advanced degree H-1B cap of 20,000 petitions.
What Employers Can Expect
Employers may expect to receive receipts for selected cases over the next several weeks. USCIS will also announce when it will start Premium Processing for selected petitions (expected no later than May 20, 2019). If an H-1B cap-subject petition is not selected by the USCIS, the agency will reject and return all unselected petitions with the filing fees.
Petitions Not Subject to the H-1B Cap
USCIS will continue to accept and process H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap. These include filings for extensions of status, amended petitions, changes of employer, concurrent employment for existing H-1B workers, and petitions filed by organizations that are cap-exempt.