The cap of 85,000 new H-1B visas for FY2018 was met on April 7, 2017. USCIS announced that it received about 199,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions. This is a 15.7 percent decrease from last year. On April 11, the lottery process was conducted and the required 65,000 Bachelor's and 20,000 U.S. Master's petitions were selected.
With the option of obtaining a cap-subject H-1B visa for 2018 is off the table, you may wonder: what options are available to employers seeking work visas for skilled foreign nationals? What should the plan of action be for professionals seeking an employment visa?