Although it is not a surprise, the USCIS announced on April 7th that it reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018 – both the regular cap and “Master’s” cap. As usual, the USCIS will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions – unless any of those petitions are duplicate filings.

We do not yet know how many Cap H-1B petitions were received by the USCIS during the 5-day filing period.

The USCIS will continue to accept H-1B petitions that are not cap-subject 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.

The Premium Processing suspension for any H-1B cases remains in effect.