U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Friday they have reached the fiscal year 2020 regular cap for H-1B visa applications. The regular cap covers 65,000 applications as mandated by Congress.

USCIS will now determine if they’ve received enough applications to cover the master cap of 20,000 visas that meet the advanced degree exemption.

Unselected petitions subject to the cap will be rejected and their filing fees returned.

Petitions for current H-1B visa holders will continue to be accepted and processed. These petitions include

  • the extension of a current H-1B visa holder’s stay in the U.S.
  • the change of employment terms for a current visa holder
  • allowing current visa holders to change employers
  • allowing current H-1B visa holders to work a second H-1B visa position concurrent with their first

Visit the USCIS news page to read the full announcement.

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