Employers growing their business need the best talent, and sometimes that talent needs a visa. The 2018 H-1b season was brutal - USCIS applied unprecedented levels of scrutiny and issued burdensome Requests for Evidence. The stop on premium processing and extraordinary processing delays left businesses and applicants in an often untenable limbo. Some applications are still pending.
The U.S. Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for October 2018. In addition to the final action dates and dates for filing applications, the Bulletin also includes notes on the scheduled expiration of two employment visa categories, the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR) and the Employment Fifth Preference Categories (I5 and R5), which will only be restored if Congress acts.