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USCIS Announces FY 2018 H-1B Cap Lottery Completed and Total Filed Numbers

Authors: Andrew G. Drozdowski (Raleigh), Amy R. Dalal (Raleigh)

Published Date: April 18, 2017

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that it had completed its annual H-1B lottery and had selected a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 65,000 petition bachelor’s degree cap and the 20,000 petition U.S. master’s degree cap. In total, USCIS received 199,000 petitions this year during the filing period that ran from April 3, 2017, until April 7, 2017. On April 11, 2017, the agency completed its random computerized lottery to select the cap petitions. The 20,000 U.S. master’s cap petitions were randomly selected first. All unselected U.S. master’s petitions plus the bachelor’s petitions were then pooled and subjected to the general lottery where 65,000 petitions were selected.  

The 199,000 total H-1B petitions filed this year represents 37,000 fewer petitions than were received during last year’s filing period.

USCIS will now begin its process of formally receipting all the selected H-1B petitions, and will reject and return all unelected petitions including filing fees.

Please note that, as of April 3, 2017, USCIS temporarily suspended premium processing on all H-1B petitions, both cap and non-cap cases. Thus, all cases selected under the lottery will be processed under the regular processing timeline.

Ogletree Deakins will continue to monitor H-1B developments, and will update the firm’s Immigration blog on timelines and other data as they are released.

Andrew G. Drozdowski  (Raleigh)

Andrew G. Drozdowski
*Currently licensed in New Jersey and New York only. Andrew Drozdowskicounsels and advises U.S. and multinational companies on a wide range ofbusiness immigration matters and compliance. He helps employers obtainimmigration benefits - work visas and green cards - for their employees.Andrew has extensive experience working withclients in the fields of information technology, business, finance, banking,insurance, law, sports, and entertainment. In addition to assistingemployers with the transfer...

Amy R. Dalal  (Raleigh)

Amy R. Dalal
*Currently licensed in Ohio only. Amy Dalal’s practice is primarily concentrated in the areas of business visas and employment-based immigration. She assists employers in obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for their foreign national employees, including the filing of immigrant visa applications for multinational executives and managers and labor certification filings through the PERM system. Amy helps multinational corporations with the transfer of personnel from abroad into the...