U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has begun issuing its first receipts to H-1B cap petitioners for fiscal year 2019.
Background: H-1B petitions are capped at 65,000 visas for individuals with an undergraduate or equivalent degree and 20,000 visas for individuals with a master’s degree or higher from U.S. universities.
BAL Analysis: The issuance of the first H-1B cap receipts is welcome news, but it will likely take weeks before all receipts are issued for selected applicants. Employers whose petitions are not selected are encouraged to contact their BAL professional for advice on alternatives to the H-1B visa category and other strategic options to fulfill workforce needs.
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