U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced that they reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2018 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). USCIS will reject and return filing fees for all cap-subject petitions that are not selected and are not duplicate filings.
USCIS will continue to accept and process H-1B petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Please remember that USCIS suspended premium processing starting April 3rd for up to six months for all H-1B petitions, including cap-exempt petitions.
For more information, please read the USCIS news release, “USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap“.