Apr 17, 2017

Date: 04/17/2017

Dear Client,

Alert: USCIS Completes the H-1B CAP Random Selection Process for FY 2018

On April 17, 2017, USCIS announced that it has completed the H-1B CAP random selection process for FY 2018. USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 3, including petitions filed for the Advanced Degree Exemption, also known as “Master’s Cap”. On April 11th, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the Advanced Degree Exemption. The agency conducted the selection process for the Advanced Degree Exemption first. All unselected Advanced Degree petitions then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 cap. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing.

Employers should start receiving receipt notices for the selected cases over the next few weeks. However, it may take until the end of May 2017 to confirm whether or not a candidate has been selected for this years’ lottery. Our office have already begun to receive receipt notices for the Cap selections. We will continue to monitor our incoming mail to provide our clients with updates on selected cases as they become available. Please be advised that premium processing of H-1B applications continues to remain suspended.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Nair Law representative if you have questions and/or concerns.,