Back to Top skip to main content
GandS U.S. Immigration Logo
Apr 9, 2019

Fiscal Year 2020 H-1B Regular Cap Reached

Joshua H. Rolf

On Friday, April 5, 2019, USCIS announced that it once again reached the limit for H-1B Petitions submitted under the Fiscal Year 2020 Regular Cap, and which arrived at the Service between April 1 - 5, 2019. USCIS will proceed to confirm whether its 20,000 U.S. Master’s Cap has been met, after which it will move forward with the randomized selection (“lottery”) to determine which cases it will adjudicate.

Unlike in past years, and as we’ve covered at length, USCIS will first select the 65,000 H-1B Petitions from the general pool of Cap-Subject submissions that arrived last week – including cases filed under the U.S. Master’s Cap. Then, the Service will select 20,000 of the remaining U.S. Master’s Cap Petitions for adjudication.  As always, unselected H-1B Petitions will be returned along with their government filing fees.

We expect to receive confirmation regarding whether H-1B Cap Petitions has been selected in the coming weeks. Selected Petitions filed requesting a change of status and Premium Processing will be notified that the 15-day clock has begun no later than May 20, 2019. All cases requesting Consular Processing and those change of status Petitions that did not include a Form I-907 and accompanying filing fee should have the opportunity to upgrade their Petitions to Premium Processing during the summer.

The difference between selection or return may provide a beneficiary with certain benefits, or trigger the need to take immediate action. 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.