The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) said Friday that the H-1B cap for FY 2018 has been reached. The agency will now hold a computer-generated lottery to distribute the visas.
The USCIS didn’t say how many visa petitions it received, and an agency spokeswoman said counting up the final number will take a week or two.
The U.S. began accepting petitions on Monday, April 3. This quick announcement means that the cap was not only reached but exceeded — and probably by a very large number.