• H1B FY 2018 Petition Counts Released

    USCIS announced on April 7, 2017, that it has received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the masterís cap.

    USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 3, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing.

    Here is the lottery counts for previous years

    Fiscal Year (FY) Number of Applications Received Visas Available Number of petitions not selected in the Lottery
    2018 199,000 85,000 114,000
    2017 236,000 85,000 1,51,000
    2016 2,33,000 85,000 1,48,000
    2015 172500 85,000 87,500
    2014 1,24,000 85,000 39,000
    2010, 2011, 2012,2013 - No lottery - 85,000 Every petition considered
    2009 163,000 85,000 78,000
    2008 119,193 85,000 34193

    The agency conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All unselected advanced degree petitions then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 cap.

    As announced on March 3, USCIS has temporarily suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including cap-exempt petitions, for up to six months. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap will also not be counted towards the congressionally mandated FY 2018 H-1B cap.

    USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

    * Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;
    * Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
    * Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
    * Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.
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      Unregistered -
      After the lottery gets completed, How many days does it take for the check to get cashed (Maximum)?
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