The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) â€” part of the Department of Homeland Security â€” 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 â€” 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 â€” particularly for international professionals working at the intersection of fashion, technology and retail.
Read more on USCIS and the H-1B filing process here.