Today, USCIS announced it has completed the H-1B cap FY 2018 random selection process (also known as the H-1B lottery). This means USCIS has completed the lottery and has selected enough petitions to meet the 65,000 regular-general cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return all unselected H-1B cap petitions. The government reported receiving a total of 199,000 H-1B cap petitions during the H-1B cap FY 2018 filing period, which started on April 3, 2017. This is remarkably less when compared with the 236,000 H-1B cap petitions filed during the FY 2017 period, which started on April 1, 2016.
As a reminder, effective March 3, 2017, USCIS temporarily suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions for up to six months. As such, no H-1B cap FY 2018 petition will be processed using the expedited premium processing, commonly utilized in prior years. We will report back once USCIS has reinstated premium processing for H-1B petitions.