What Do F-1 Students Need to Know as They Await the Fate of Their H-1B Cap Petition?

Published: 05/17/2018

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As reported on April 6, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received more H-1B cap petitions than the statutory available visas for both the general cap of 65,000 available H-1B visas and the additional 20,000 for U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the “master’s cap.” We understand how stressful it is for both the H-1B employers and the foreign national candidate as they await the results of the H-1B lottery (“work by lottery” program). Given the limited number of H-1B visas available each fiscal year USCIS runs a statutory random lottery to select petitions. The lottery process determines the fate of a talented employee’s work permission in the U.S. On April 11, 2018, the agency had received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the regulatory filing period. Here is the breakdown of the numbers from USCIS:
 

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