H-1B Cap Reached in First Week of Filing

USCIS has received enough H-1B cap-subject visa petitions to exceed the statutory limit of 65,000 visas (+20,000 Master’s cap visas) and necessitate a visa lottery. The agency reported receiving 190,098 petitions this year, slightly fewer than last year’s lottery submissions. Those petitions not selected in the lottery will be returned with the filing fees. Premium processing for these cap-subject petitions was suspended.