Apr 07, 2017

Date: 04/07/2017

Dear Client,

Alert - USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap – Service Prepares to Run the Lottery!!!

USCIS has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. Advanced Degree Exemption, also known as the “Master’s Cap”.

We expect to have notification of those petitions that were selected in the lottery, in the form of receipt notices, by the middle of May.

USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. However, please keep in mind USCIS suspended premium processing April 3 for up to six months for all H-1B petitions, including cap-exempt petitions. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, will also not be counted toward the congressionally mandated FY 2018 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

• Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;

• Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;

• Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and

• Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.

Nair Law Group will continue to update our clients as things progress in the coming weeks. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have any questions and/or concerns.,