U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it has received more than enough petitions during the initial filing period from April 1 to April 7 to fill the H-1B allocation for 2009. This included both the 20,000 “advanced degree” category and the “regular” 65,000 cap. USCIS conducted the random selection (“lottery”) process on April 14, 2008, to determine which cases will be processed under the respective “caps.” Cases selected for processing have begun receiving filing receipts (at least for Premium Processed cases) and USCIS projects it will complete all notifications by June 2. For more information, see Ogletree Deakins’ April 9 Immigration eAuthority or visit the USCIS press room.
Note: This article was published in the May 2008 issue of the Immigration eAuthority.