H1B Petitions Selected By USCIS:
Today, USCIS announced that the lottery process for H1B petition selections has been completed.
Petitions which were not selected will be returned to applicants.
The H1B statutory cap (65,000 visas) and the “advanced degree” cap (20,000 visas) were reached by April 7, 2017. According to published statistics from USCIS, approximately 199,000 petitions were received during the filing period of April 3 to April 7, 2017.
“On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees, unless the petition is found to be a duplicate filing.”
Cap-exempt H1B petitions, H1B renewals and change of employment H1B petitions are not affected and will continue to be accepted and processed.
“USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:
* Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;
* Change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
* Allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
* Allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.”
Our office is available to consult on H1B and other employment petitions as well as employer compliance related questions.
Law Office of Atoosa Vakili
US Immigration Legal Services
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Irvine, CA 92618