As previously reported, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap, including the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption for Fiscal Year 2016. USCIS received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, which began April 1. For the many employers that did not make the cut, this means waiting until next year to try again. Waiting until October 2016 to hire foreign workers is not only burdensome, but often times impossible for many employers.

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