The US Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has just announced that it received enough H-1B petitions on April 2, 2007 to reach the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2008.
USCIS will use a computer-generated random selection process for all cap-subject filings received on April 2, 2007 and April 3, 2007. Those petitions not randomly selected will be returned to the petitioner or the attorney-of-record along with all filing fees. Due to the high volume of filings and need for initial data entry on all petitions received on April 2 and April 3, the USCIS announced it will likely be several weeks before it can conduct the random selection.
USCIS does not yet know how many H-1B cases that can be counted against the 20,000 U.S. Master's cap have been received. It will make an announcement as soon as the final receipt date for those petitions has been determined.
New non-exempt, cap-subject H-1B filings may not be submitted until April 1, 2008, when H-1B visas become available for FY2009.
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