On April 5, 2019, the USCIS made an announcement that it is no longer receiving regular H-1B applications. The 65,000 regular cap and 20,0000 advance degree exemption were reached. USCIS will reject filings arrived after April 5, 2019 and return filing fees to the not-selected applications. However, USCIS will continue to receive and process petitions that are not subject to the 85,000 cap, including applications to:
1. Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the U.S.
2. Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers.
3. Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
4. Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.