Enough Petitions Received to Exhaust 2008 H-1B Cap

ENOUGH PETITIONS RECEIVED TO EXHAUST 2008 H-1B CAP: LOTTERIES ARE THE NEXT STEP

Today U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a notice indicating that it has already received enough H-1B petitions to exhaust both the 65,000 H-1B quota and the 20,000 exemption from the quota for graduates of U.S. universities with a master’s degree or higher. In other words, both the “bachelor’s degree cap” and the “master’s degree cap” have been exhausted.

USCIS will now begin the lottery process, first selecting 20,000 petitions for the “master’s cap.” Any petitions not selected for the “master’s cap” lottery will be considered for the “bachelor’s cap” lottery. Petitions not selected for processing will be returned (with filing fees).
Fee receipts for a given petition will indicate that it has been selected in the lottery, and likely will be approved. So far, we have received receipts for one cap subject case, and an approval for another.