News Release from Jewell Stewart & Pratt PC - April 17, 2017 Today USCIS announced that it received 199,000 H-1B petitions in the filing period that began on April 1. On April 11 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 advanced degree exemption petitions 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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