H-1B Cap update – USCIS reports 233,000 H-1B petitions received

News Release from Jewell & Associates, PC On April 7 USCIS announced that it received approximately 233,000 H-1B petitions in the filing period that began on April 1. Today USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as a “lottery”) to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the cap. USCIS says that it conducted the selection process for the 20,000 set-aside for beneficiaries with U.S. advanced degrees first; all advanced degree petitions not selected were then made part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit. Any petitions not randomly selected will be rejected and returned with the filing fees.

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