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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 Drozdowski graduated from Boston College (B.A. in Communication) in 2000 and Albany Law School (J.D.) in 2010. Andrew joined Ogletree Deakins in 2013 after working at a boutique immigration firm located in New Jersey and New York City. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and in the federal District of New Jersey. Andrew is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the New York State Bar...

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...

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