NewsFlash! USCIS Reaches H1B Cap for FY 2020

On Friday, April 5, 2019, the USCIS announced that it had received sufficient filings for regular H1B cap subject cases for fiscal year 2020 (which will begin October 1, 2019). In essence, the USCIS confirmed that they had received more filings than the 65,000 regular H1B cap subject petitions allocated for each USCIS fiscal year.

The USCIS confirmed that they next would need to determine if the filings during the first five-day window to file H1B cap-subject petitions (Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5, 2019), would be sufficient to meet the U.S. master’s cap exemption of 20,000 additional numbers allocated under the law for those who have obtained an advanced degree from certain U.S. universities or institutions of higher education.

The USCIS explained that they would only reject and return the filing fees for cases not selected in the H1B random lottery for those petitions and employers who had not filed multiple H1B petitions as prohibited.

Details of the USCIS announcement can be on the USCIS website.


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