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USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap In Only 5 Days

Release Date: April 7, 2017



USCIS began accepting applications on Monday, April 3.  It will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings.

USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.  However, USCIS suspended premium processing on April 3 for up to six months for all H-1B petitions, including cap-exempt petitions. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap, and who still retain their cap number, will also not be counted toward the congressionally-mandated FY 2018 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

  1. Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;

  2. Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;

  3. Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and

  4. Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.

What is the H-1B Visa?


Learn more about the H-1B here.



If you are thinking of applying for the H-1B visa, start gathering your paperwork by December of the year before you file an application, as it can take several months (and a few third parties) to compile the necessary documentation for an H-1B visa application.  To find out if you qualify for an H-1B visa, for tips on how to prepare a successful application, or to obtain assistance with filing your application, check out our blog post here, or schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with The Grady Firm’s attorneys; call +1 (323) 450-9010; or fill out a Contact Request Form.

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*This article is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. This article does not make any guarantees as to the outcome of a particular matter, as each matter has its own set of circumstances and must be evaluated individually by a licensed attorney.

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