INTERNATIONAL

H-1B visa cap for 2020 reached in 5 days: USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B-visa cap for the fiscal year 2020, after it started receiving the applications for the most sought-after work visa among foreign, including Indian, professionals.

The USCIS on Friday said “it has received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020.”

The fiscal year begins October 1, 2019 and it the USCIS started receiving the visa petitions from April 1. However, the agency did not reveal the number of petitions received by it in the first five days.

The USCIS said it will next determine if it has received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the ‘master’s cap’. The agency said it will reject and return visa fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. It will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

Last year, the USCIS received 1,90,000 cap-subjected H-1B petitions. In 2018, it received 1,99,000 applications while in 2017, it got 2,36,000 petitions in the first five days after it started receiving the applications.

This is the first season of H-1B petitions after the USCIS announced enforcing new rules.