USCIS Completes the H-1B Cap Random Selection Process for FY2019 – Notifications to Begin

21:14 12 April in News Updates


Lottery completed:   USCIS announced that it has completed the computer-generated random selection process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet both the congressionally-mandated cap of 65,000 H-1B visas and the U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap, of 20,000 H-1B visas for fiscal year (FY) 2019.

Total number of cap-subject petitions received:  USCIS received at total of 190,098 H-1B petitions for the roughly 85,000 visas available during the filing window of April 2, 2018 to April 6, 2018.  This compares with 199,000 petitions in FY2018, and 236,000 in FY2017.   

Selection process:    USCIS conducted the selection process for the master’s cap first. All unselected master’s cap petitions then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 cap.

Next steps:  USCIS will now begin issuing receipt notices for petitions selected in the lottery.  As noted previously, this process will occur on a rolling basis and may not be completed until June or July.   LAC will notify employers and employees upon receipt of any correspondence related to their petition. 

Previous information on the H-1B Cap FY2019.


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