U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap on Monday, April 2, 2018. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition for which the correct fee has been submitted; not the date that the petition is postmarked.
The cap (the numerical limitation on H-1B petitions) for FY 2019 is 65,000. In addition, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the fiscal year cap of 65,000.
Please note that USCIS will announce the start date for premium processing in the near future. See the USCIS’s Premium Processing section for more details.
For more information on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program and current Form I-129 processing times, visit the H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Cap Season web page or call the National Customer Service Center at (800) 375-5283.
The MVP Law Group has successfully handled H-1B petitions for a variety of clients ranging from the straight forward to the complex. Please feel free to contact our law firm to discuss your immigration needs and help you effectively with your H-1B processing. Our experienced Immigration Attorney can help you devise an appropriate strategy for the H-1B FY2019 cap season.
Source of Information:
USCIS.gov, 3/7/18, Web Page:
USCIS.gov, 4/3/17, Web Page:
USCIS.gov, 2/22/18, News Release: