USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap in Less Than One Week

Communications Associate

April 8, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Thursday that it reached its fiscal year 2017 cap on H-1B visas, which U.S. businesses use to employ foreign workers in specialized fields such as science, technology and engineering.

USCIS began accepting H-1B applications last Friday for a cap that is set arbitrarily, not according to market need, each year.

Studies show that for every foreign-born STEM graduate, 2.62 American jobs are created, and for every 100 H-1B workers, an additional 183 jobs for U.S. native-born workers are created.

“Immigration has long been our country’s greatest competitive advantage in a global economy, and we should be encouraging the best and the brightest to continue to grow their businesses and create American jobs here at home, instead of denying those dreams and encouraging them to do so in other countries for our competitors,” Todd Schulte, president of, said in a statement.

“Another year, another missed opportunity,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. ​“We’re not meeting the labor needs of business, and we’re keeping out thousands of specialized foreign workers who create jobs and contribute to our economy.

“Every year that Congress continues to ignore the need for real and effective immigration reform, our economy, our country and our businesses large and small continue to suffer.

“Regardless of who wins the election, the next administration and Congress will need to deal with this continuing problem. Until then, our country will continue to hinder its own global competitiveness.”