190,098 H-1b cap cases filed

By |2018-04-12T20:36:38+00:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Government Agency Actions - USCIS, ICE, etc., Visas - H-1b, L-1, E, O, TN|Tags: |

The USCIS has announced that it received 190,098 H-1b cap filings this year. This represents a 16% decrease from FY 2017 but, only a 5% decrease from last year. Many of us (shows what we know) were expecting a larger decrease. We are speculating that the announcement of the elimination of the H-4 EAD program prompted many additional filings that appear to have off-set the decline due to the Trump administration policies aimed at restricting the H-1b program. The USCIS also announced that it has completed the lottery selection process which means that receipts for those lucky few should be distributed soon. Last year, receipts arrived over a 6 week period and rejections started to be received in late June and July.