On April 7, 2017, USCIS reported they received enough H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 85,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2018. USCIS received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 3.

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 conducted the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All unselected advanced degree petitions then became part of the random selection process for the 65,000 cap.  USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees.

Now applicants wait for either a receipt notice or a rejected petition to determine if their petitions made it through the selection process.

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