U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Thursday that it received 190,098 cap-subject H-1B petitions during this year’s filing period. The agency also said that it has completed the computer-generated lottery to determine which petitions will be eligible for processing.
BAL Analysis: The number of H-1B petitions easily exceeded the H-1B cap again this year, even as the number of petitions dropped by about 4.5 percent from last year. The odds of success in the lottery are still relatively low, however, and companies may want to consider alternative visa options or overseas assignments for high-skilled employees whose petitions are not selected. Petitions that are selected may face close scrutiny after USCIS sharply increased the number of requests for evidence that it issued last year. Employers should anticipate delays in H-1B cap receipt notices after the agency suspended premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions. The suspension is expected to remain in effect until Sept. 10. Please consult with a BAL professional for advice regarding alternatives to the H-1B visa category and other strategic options to fulfill workforce needs.
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