The first wait is over…USCIS just released a press note indicating that H1B Visa 2018 Cap is reached and they have received enough petitions for both regular and Masters quota. Below is the summary of the press release.
Summary of USCIS New Release – H1B FY 2018 Cap Reached :
- H1B 2018 Cap Reached for Regular, Masters Quota : USCIS mentioned that it has received enough petitions for both regular quota, which is 65,000 petitions and masters quota, which is 20,000 for fiscal year 2018.
- Return and Reject Petitions : USCIS will return and reject all the petitions that are not selected, which are not duplicate filings.
- Cap Exempt Petitions : USCIS will continue accept all cap exempt H1B petitions that are filed for categories like Extensions, Change of terms of employment, Change of employers and work concurrently in second H1B position.
- Premium Processing Suspended : They re-iterated that H1B premium processing is suspended for up to 6 months for all petitions, cap exempt and cap subject petitions.
What’s the big difference in News Releases from previous years ?
One of the key differences from the USCIS FY 2017 Cap Reached Press Release is that the FY 2018 cap reached news release does not really talk about H1B Random Selection aka H1B Lottery . We are not sure, if that is understood that there will be H1B lottery or there is something happening behind the scenes. We just have to wait and see. I am sure, AILA and other immigration attorneys will reach out to USCIS and we will have that clarity. We will have to wait for some news alert from USCIS, usually it happens next week… In the meantime, you can check out H1B 2018 Lottery Date Predictions, Tracking . Stay tuned for updates.
What do you think ? What are your thoughts ?
Reference : USCIS Press Release H1B 2018 Cap Reached