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The USCIS April 2018 H-1B Update

  • Published: April 30, 2018
The USCIS April 2018 H-1B Update:
Scarborough Law Announces

USCIS Receives 190,098 H-1B petitions toward the statutory cap.

On April 11, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough H-1B petitions within the first five business days of the Fiscal Year 2019 filing period to reach the annual cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas. The H-1B cap petitions received by USCIS during the filing period starting April 2, 2018 will be subject to a random selection process. Petitioners should expect receipt notices to be issued for selected cases and unselected petitions to be returned over the coming weeks and months.

This Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B cap season marks the sixth consecutive year in which the H-1B cap was reached in the first week of April. The high demand for the H-1B coupled with the 4.1 percent U.S. unemployment rate signals that the U.S. is missing out on highly skilled H-1B workers and companies seeking to leverage their skills to drive innovation and business growth. U.S. immigration policy should drive innovation and should support the growth of U.S. based businesses. Instead, outdated regulations and unfair adjudicatory practices discourage companies from investing in America’s future. Congress must respond to the needs of U.S. employers and increase the H-1B cap to ensure our continued competitiveness in global markets.

Check out the full April 2018 Announcement via the original USCIS post at:

Do you or someone you need an H-1B work visa?

If you need help understanding how this alert impacts your Immigration case or how an H-1B can help you or someone you know, please contact Scarborough Law today.

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