H1B Visa 2018 Cap Count Updates - News - Info

This page tracks latest H1B news, updates, info for fiscal year 2018, official & unofficial 🙂

Latest News Updates – Official and Unofficial ( Most recent on top ):

  • March 15, 2017 ( Official ) :  USCIS Release official press note stating that they will accept H1B Petitions for Fiscal year 2018 quota starting from April 3rd, 2017. Missing info from the press release is on the H1B Lottery scenario. More details at :  Summary of Press Release April 3, H1B 2018 .
  • March 3, 2017 ( Official ) : USCIS released a press note indicating that they are suspending premium processing for H1B petitions filed this season for upto 6 months.  Check out Summary :  H1B 2018 Premium processing Suspended 

Key Timeline for H1B 2018 Lottery and Results, Premium Processing  : 

  • H1B 2018 Lottery Date :  You can expect the H1B lottery date to be in the week of April 10th, 2016.   Last year, the lottery was conducted on April 12th and the year before it was April 13th.
  • H1B 2018 Lottery Results : This depends on many factors and there is no set date. Last year, USCIS did a news alert indicating that they have returned all the rejected H1B petitions on July 8th, 2017. So, you can expect the last date for receiving lottery decision around mid July 2017. …depending on the number of petitions filed this year, it may be earlier or even later in July or even early August 2017…

Reference Articles related to H1B visa 2018 season :

H1B Visa 2018 Cap Count updates Tracking Table:

USCIS Update Date Regular H1B Cap (65,000) Advanced Degree Cap (20,000) Analysis and Cap Count Update Article.
No update yet.   65,000  20,000  No update yet.
Remaining H1B Cap 65,000   20,000

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Comments ( 14 )

  1. Newconditionadded?

    Is this a new condition?

    This is found on the 2018 h1b cap season page of US gov

    Multiple or Duplicative Filings

    Employers may not file multiple or duplicative H-1B petitions for the same employee. To ensure fair and orderly distribution of available H-1B visas, USCIS will deny or revoke multiple or duplicative petitions filed by an employer for the same H-1B worker and will not refund the filing fees.

  2. Gentle Request

    Guys please stop spamming the page with the same comments as other pages (intimidating, cribbing, etc). Be it the OPT or the current working professionals, we are all impacted in a big way. Nevertheless, the system is being abused by both the groups, the impact is also suffered by both. I’d sincerely request everyone, that do not post comments that hurt each other. We are all very certain that going forward, the scrutinization for Indian documents is going to be very strict, and we all know what is good or bad for us and we can take our decisions accordingly.

    If anyone is looking for some advice, be kind and help them and if you cannot, do not express your extreme emotions here. This is not the place for emotional outbursts.

    Thank you !

  3. Understand de Reality - FACT Checking

    Know the fact. These days no calls for consultenciez based h1b candidates. One of my friend here from last 3months, he just attended one call. Most of the job descriptions mentioning clearly that gc or citizenship needed. One strategic movement was to stopping H1b transfer in premium. This stops h1b people demand as no company waits for long time to get h1b transfer approvals. Mean while companies look for local talent.

    1. You May Loose Chance FOREVER guys

      Dont try to do Double/Triple filing this time, last year one of my friend filed double and both got picked, he cancelled one but the other is still in RFE now as process became very strict from last year. There are chances that double filings becomes invalid from this Year.

  4. CTS_CBE

    Hi Admins,

    As per the comments, you could see CTS files only 40% from last years count. Is there any other companies files like this?
    Whether you guys considered this reduction?

    Just wanted to know the analysis is with this reduction data included or not.

    1. Raghav

      My gut feel is that the no of fillings will be in the range of 150 -180K. Less that last year but lottery never the less. Brace for it!!!

    2. Trumpsucks

      Something strange going on,looking for onsite opportunities from 3 months but unsuccessful.Either clients are hesitant to hire H1-Bs or companies not willing to send many resources onsite to avoid scrutiny.

    3. H1B

      That’s because CTS and HCL had legal issues within the US. Reducing the number of applications is to stop affecting the company’s reputation

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