March 30, 2009
USCIS has confirmed that if they receive a sufficient number of H1B cap cases during any of the first five business days of April to reach the annual cap, a "lottery" process will be used to determine which cases are selected for processing. The lottery will include all petitions received during the first five days of April. Therefore, cases received on 4/7 will have the same priority status as cases received on 4/1.
USCIS will not begin to issue receipts until a determination is made that sufficient H-1B petitions have been received within the first five business days of April, ending April 7, 2009. After the "lottery" is conducted, USCIS will then issue receipts for those cases which are selected, and the receipts will likely all have the same receipt date, April 8, 2009.