H-1B Skilled Worker Visa Cap Reached In 5 Days
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on April 6 announced that the congressionally mandated cap on the number of H-1B skilled worker visas had been reached for the next fiscal year, within five days after the agency began accepting applications.
The program is subject to a 65,000 statutory cap that numerous companies have petitioned Congress to raise. USCIS said that the agency had reached that cap by Friday, as well as the 20,000 cap for those applying for advanced degree exemption from the program, also known as the “master’s cap.”
The applications filed this week will now be subject to a visa lottery and USCIS officers may outright reject some applications or ask petitioners for further information in a so-called request for evidence.