How does USCIS determine which H-1B petitions to accept if there are many more H-1B petitions filed than H-1B visa numbers available?

USCIS conducts a random selection of H-1B petitions for the U.S. earned Masters degree petitions and the general H-1B petitions. First USCIS announces that it has received more H-1B petitions for the fiscal year than there are visa numbers. Next, it conducts a random selection to determine H-1B lottery winners.

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