The general H-1B cap is set annually at 65,000 with an advance degree cap of 20,000 for professionals who have a Master’s degree or higher from a U.S. university. Each year, you may begin submitting your petitions on April 1.
On April 8, the USCIS announced that they had received 124,000 H-1B petitions during the first week, and would not be accepting anymore cap-subject H-1B petitions this year. They first selected the 20,000 winners under the Master’s Cap by lottery.
Then they took the 104,000 remaining petitions and ran a lottery for the 65,000 General Cap. This means that under the General Cap, the odds of being selected are approximately 62.5%.
Winners will be notified by mail. Losers will have their petitions and filing fees returned to them.
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GENERAL H-1B CAP (65,000)
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening a firm specializing exclusively in US immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.