USCIS confirms no changes to H-1B lottery this year

By Kaitlyn Garcia, J.D. | Immigration Attorney | Houston, Texas

USCIS Service Center Operations Directorate (SCOPS) confirmed that the agency is not anticipating any procedural changes for the FY2019 H-1B cap season. A pre-registration system was proposed in DHS' regulatory agenda in December and may be implemented in the future. However, as anticipated, USCIS intends to follow the same procedures that were used for the FY2018 H-1B season, which would not include a pre-registration system. 

USCIS also does not anticipate that premium processing will be suspended for non-cap H-1B petitions. However, USCIS stated that there may be a short suspension of premium processing for H-1B cap-subject petitions.