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USCIS Completes H-1B Visa Cap Selection Process for FY2020

On Friday, May 17, 2019, USCIS announced that it had completed its random selection of H-1B petitions sufficient to meet both the 65,000 “regular” cap and the 20,000 exemptions for the “U.S. master’s cap.” In total, the agency received 201,011 H-1B cap-subject submissions — up from last year’s 190,098.

USCIS has completed mailing receipt notices for selected petitions, but adjudication has not yet started. For petitions filed using premium processing, the adjudication process starts today. USCIS will now start the return of unselected petitions and their filing fees and will announce when this process has been completed.

Finally, to better distribute the workload, some petitions may be transferred between the California and Vermont Service Centers and notifications will be sent accordingly. Stay tuned for additional updates regarding the FY2020 H-1B cap lottery selection and adjudication trends.

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Carole L. Rowlinson Mintz Levin Immigration lawyer
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Carole focuses her practice on corporate and business immigration matters. She counsels companies and their employees on matters related to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions and assists multinational corporations with employment eligibility verification compliance. She advises clients in a variety of industries, including technology, education, life sciences, and financial services.

Prior to joining Mintz, Carole was a staff attorney in the Boston office of an international law firm, where she worked on a wide variety of employment-based immigration and...