U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that the H-1B visa cap for FY2017 was reached in the first five business days of April 2016. H-1B is a non-immigrant visa for foreign professionals sponsored by an employer to work in the U.S. This is the fourth consecutive year that the cap was filled within the week for the new fiscal year H-1B filing. USCIS has yet to determine when the randomized lottery will take place due to high volume of petitions it received.
USCIS will continue to process H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap, including petitions for extension or amendment of status, petitions for change of employer, petitions for current H-1B workers to work for concurrent employers, and petitions filed by cap-exempt employers.