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USCIS Announces Completion of H-1B Cap Random Selection Process & Reaches Advanced Degree Exemption Cap

April 11, 2019

Update: At 6:10 pm EST on April 11, 2019, the USCIS announced that they have completed the H-1B Cap random selection process and have also determined that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa U.S. advanced degree exemption (master’s cap).

For the FY2020 filing period, USCIS received a total of 201,011 H-1B petitions. USCIS will reject and return all unselected petitions with their filing fees unless the petition is a prohibited multiple filing.

Next, USCIS will either issue a Receipt Notice (confirming selection) or a Return Notice (confirming non-selection) and return the petition and filing fees to our office.  This process takes several weeks to complete.  Last year, we received Receipt and Return Notices on a rolling basis starting in May and continuing through late July.

Stay tuned for future news and analysis on FY2020 H-1B cap from EIG.