News Release from Jewell Stewart & Pratt PC
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2017 cap or the advanced degree exemption after today.
USCIS will use a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as the “lottery”) for all FY 2017 cap-subject petitions received through April 7, 2016. The agency will conduct the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected will be part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit. Due to the high number of petitions received, USCIS is not yet able to announce the exact day of the random selection process.
USCIS is expected to provide more detailed information about the H-1B cap soon.
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