On April 7, 2014, USCIS announced the receipt of more than the statutory cap of 20,000 advanced degree exemption H-1B petitions and of the 65,000 H-1B petitions. It will perform a random selection process to determine which cases are accepted for the coming fiscal year. All cap subject H-1B petitions received after April 7, 2014 will be rejected.
USCIS will conduct its random selection of the advanced degree exemption H-1B petitions first and those not selected will be added to the pool of petitions to be considered for the 65,000 H-1B petition limit. Because of the volume of received H-1B petitions, USCIS has not announced when it will conduct the selection process.
Stewart Rabinowitz practices United States immigration and nationality law. He is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. is an immigration law firm representing businesses, families, and individuals.