USCIS Reaches FY2020 H-1B Master's Cap
April 17th, 2019
On April 5, 2019, USCIS announced that they had reached the 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for FY2020. On April 10, 2019, they reached the 20,000 H-1B advanced degree exemption, or master's cap. USCIS received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1, and used a computer-generated program to randomly select H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated caps for FY2020.
USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees. However, USCIS will continue to process and accept petitions that are exempt. These include:
- Petitions filed for current H-1B workers previously counted against the cap and who still have their cap number
- Petitions to extend the amount of time an H-1B worker may stay in the U.S.
- Petitions to change the terms of employment for current H-1B worker
- Petitions to allow current H-1B workers to change employers
- Petitions to allow current H-1B workers to work in a second position
For More Information:
Read last week's blog post about USCIS reaching the H-1B visa regular cap here.
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This information comes from a news release from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA Doc. No. 19040538).