USCIS has announced that the annual limit for Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B employment has been met. The agency will continue to accept filings today, but will reject any cap-subject cases received April 8 or later.
Since April 1, employers have submitted more than enough petitions to meet the quota of 65,000 standard
H-1B cap numbers and the cap exemption of 20,000 for holders of U.S. advanced degrees. USCIS has not yet disclosed the exact number of cap petitions received, but the total is expected to be near the record 233,000 petitions submitted last year.
Employers will not be able to file any further H-1B cap petitions until April 3, 2017. The agency will continue to accept petitions that are not subject to the cap, including extensions, changes of employer, amendments, concurrent employment for existing H-1B workers, and petitions filed by organizations that by law are exempt from the cap.
What’s Next: The Cap Lotteries
In the coming days, USCIS will run two lotteries to choose the FY 2017 cases that will be processed to completion.