The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) — part of the Department of Homeland Security — announced that USCIS completed the H-1B random selection process for FY 2020 on April 10, and thus, reaching the advanced degree exemption cap for international workers specializing in innovative fields.

The H-1B filing season for FY 2020 began on April 1 — with USCIS reaching the congressionally mandated H-1B regular cap of 65,000 on April 5. USCIS reported receiving more than 200,000 H-1B petitions during the current filing period.

The limited number of visas for innovators in science and tech shows the immediate need for immigration reform — particularly for international professionals working at the intersection of fashion, technology and retail.

Read more on USCIS and the H-1B filing process here.

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