Back to Top skip to main content
GandS U.S. Immigration Logo
Apr 12, 2019

With U.S. Master’s Cap Exceeded and Total Petitions Up, USCIS Completes H-1B Lottery

Joshua H. Rolf

Less than one week after this year’s H-1B Cap filing period ended, USCIS confirmed that on April 10, 2019 it conducted its randomized selection (i.e. “lottery”) for all H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions that arrived between April 1-5, 2019.

 

In making this announcement, USCIS also revealed two key bits of information regarding this year’s H-1B Cap – one expected, and one somewhat surprising. First, USCIS predictably confirmed that it received enough U.S. Master’s Cap Petitions within the filing period to meet its 20,000-visa quota. Per our prior posts on this subject, U.S. Master’s Cap Petitions will have a greater chance of being picked this year due to the Service reversing its selection order. However, USCIS also announced that this year’s cap season saw a rise in filings. In fact, and contrary to the drops we saw from 2016 through 2018, USCIS stated that it received 201,011 H-1B Cap Petitions this year. Though far fewer than the 236,000 Petitions received in 2016, this figure represents a more-than-10,000 increase from 2018’s filings, and a slight increase from 2017.

 

We expect to receive confirmation for those cases that were selected in this year’s drawing by mid-to-late-May, if not sooner. USCIS will also announce in the coming weeks – and no later than May 20 – that it has commenced the 15-day adjudicatory period for those cases submitted with a request for a change of status via Premium Processing. If you have any questions regarding your pending H-1B Cap Petition, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Related Team

Joshua H. Rolf

Joshua H. Rolf

(215) 395-8959

(215) 395-8959

email Joshua

Philadelphia (US Headquarters)

Full Biography

Joshua H. Rolf

Recent Blogs

Apr 21, 2021

DHS Has Announced an Additional 22,000 Visas for the H-2B Visa Program

After considerable pressure from small business owners and H-2B industry supporters, DHS has agreed to release an additional 22,000 H-2B visas, with 6,000 of those visas being earmarked for workers from Northern Triangle countries (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala). According to DHS, employers wishing to obtain workers through this visa release will have to conduct additional advertising, and explain how their businesses will suffer without these workers. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 13, 2021

F-1 Students Seeking Optional Practical Training Can Now File Form I-765 Online

On April 12. 2021 USCIS announced that F-1 students can now file Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization online when applying for Pre-Completion OPT, Post-Completion OPT, or a 24-month OPT STEM extension. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 07, 2021

H, L, J-Visa Holders No Longer Suspended from Entry into the United States but Most Noncitizens Remain Subject to Travel Restrictions

Presidential Proclamation 10052, suspending H-1B, H-2B, J and L admissions, expired March 31, 2021. Ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) public health travel restrictions remain in place requiring travelers from certain areas to qualify for national interest exceptions. U.S. Consulates are still operating at reduced levels and will have to work through backlogs as the pandemic ends. Learn more in this blog.