This is a follow-up to our announcement on April 5, 2013: H-1B Cap Reached.
Today, April 8, 2013, USCIS announced it received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. Furthermore, on April 7, 2013, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as a “lottery”) to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit. For cap-subject petitions not randomly selected, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees.
The agency conducted the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected were part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.
This latest USCIS announcement did not indicate when petitioners will receive returned/rejected cases or receipt notices for the cases selected for processing. As announced on March 15, 2013, premium processing for H-1B cap cases will start on April 15, 2013.