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USCIS announced (by news alert) on Friday, May 17, 2019 that they have completed the data entry of all Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap – subjected petitions that have been selected randomly through a computer generated process. USCIS will begin returning all H-1B petitions that were not selected but because of the large amount received; the return time frame is unknown. They also ask that petitioners not contact them until they have received a receipt notice or had their unselected petition returned.

For more detailed information about this subject please review the USCIS News Alert, “USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions“.

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USCIS announced (by news alert) on Friday, May 17, 2019 that they have completed the data entry of all Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap – subjected petitions that have been selected randomly through a computer generated process. USCIS will begin returning all H-1B petitions that were not selected but because of the large amount received; the return time frame is unknown. They also ask that petitioners not contact them until they have received a receipt notice or had their unselected petition returned.

For more detailed information about this subject please review the USCIS News Alert, “USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions“.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced that they reached the H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2020. 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 unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. Remember, USCIS will continue to accept and process H-1B petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. USCIS noted that they received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the FY 2020 filing period!

For more information please read the USCIS news alert, “USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY 2020 and Reaches the Advanced Degree Exemption Cap“.

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On Friday, April 5th, USCIS announced that it had reached what they feel is enough H-1B petitions to fill the 65,000 H-1B regular cap for fiscal year (FY) 2020. They will next start to make sure they have enough H-1B petitions to fill the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption (master’s cap). USCIS will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. Remember, USCIS will continue to accept and process H-1B petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

Please review USCIS News Alert, “USCIS Reaches FY 2020 H-1B Regular Cap” for more details.

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USCIS has extended the temporary suspension of premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions originally set to expire on September 10, 2018. The extended suspension will start September 11, 2018 and is expected to end on February 19, 2019. Petitioners will temporarily be unable to request premium processing for most types of H1B petitions.

For further details please review the USCIS News Alert, “USCIS Extends and Expands Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions to Reduce Delays “.

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USCIS issued a news alert on Thursday, July 30th stating that they have returned all fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in their computer-generated lottery. USCIS completed the data entry of all selected H-1B cap-subject petitions on May 15th (USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions). If you submitted a cap-subject petition between April 2nd and April 6th of this year and have not received a receipt notice or a returned petition by August 13, 2018, contact USCIS for assistance.

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USCIS.gov, 7/30/18, News Alert:

USCIS announced (by news alert) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 that they have completed the data entry of all Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap – subjected petitions that have been selected randomly through a computer generated process. USCIS will begin returning all H-1B petitions that were not selected but because of the large amount received; the return time frame is unknown. They also ask that petitioners not contact them until they have received a receipt notice or had their unselected petition returned.

For more detailed information about this subject please review the USCIS News Alert, “USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions“.

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced that they reached the H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2019. 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 unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. Remember, USCIS will continue to accept and process H-1B petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

For more information please read the USCIS news release, “USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap“.

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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.

As of Friday, April 2, 2018, USCIS will temporarily suspended Premium Processing for all H-1B petitions. H-1B petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. This temporary suspension may last up to 6 months and the USCIS will notify the public when it is resumed.

The temporary suspension applies to all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 2, 2018. Since Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions cannot be filed before April 2, 2018, this suspension will apply to all petitions filed for the FY 2019 H-1B regular cap and master’s advanced degree cap exemption. The suspension also applies to petitions that may be cap-exempt.

For further details please review the USCIS News Alert, “USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions“.