NewsFlash! H1B Cap Lottery Completed for FY2017

Last night, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced completion of the H1B cap lottery selection process. Receipt of more than 236,000 H1B petitions was reported, compared to fewer than 233,000 cap-subject petitions filed last year. The USCIS has not provided a breakdown of how many of these petitions were eligible for the advanced-degree exemptions (or, “master’s cap”), and it is not expected to do so.

Lottery selection for the master’s cap was conducted first, and cases filed in that category that were not selected were included in the regular cap lottery selection. Cases that were not selected in the regular cap lottery will be returned with filing fees. The USCIS will begin to adjudicate cases filed for premium processing no later than May 16, 2016. More information will be posted on MurthyDotCom as it becomes available.


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