For the third year in a row, the H-1B cap was reached within days of the season opening.
What should employers expect now that H-1B season is already closed? U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has a federally mandated cap of 85,000 H-1B visas per year, including the advanced degree exemption. The number of applications varies each year based on economic factors. For example, during the recession the cap often did not fill up for months after the annual H-1B season opened in April. This year, USCIS only accepted petitions for five days before closing the season.
This means employers that hire H-1B employees only have a one in three chance of getting their petitions approved. Unless the cap increases, next year’s H-1B season will likely see a high number of applications because those who don’t qualify this year may try to reapply during the next season.
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