The H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019 has reached already, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The successful applicants for the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visas will be chosen through a lottery. The fiscal year begins October 1, 2018.
The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa popular among Indian techies. The Visa allows US companies to employ skilled foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Each year, companies hire tens of thousands of employees primarily from India and China.
The USCIS began accepting the H-1B petitions on April 2. The agency also received a sufficient number of H-1B applications to meet the 20,000 visa cap for advanced degree exemption, known as the master's cap. All the unselected applicants who are not prohibited multiple filings will be refunded their filing fees.
The USCIS would continue accepting and processing petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap petitions filed for current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap. Also, applicants who still retain their cap number will not be counted toward the fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap.