H-1B Cap Reached–For 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached mandated
H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than
the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced
degree exemption.

USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the
lottery, to randomly select the petitions needed to meet the caps of
65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced
degree exemption.

USCIS will first randomly select petitions for the advanced degree
exemption. All unselected advanced degree petitions will become part
of the random selection process for the 65,000 general limit. The
agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected
cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings.

Before running the lottery, USCIS will complete initial intake for all
filings received during the filing period, which ended April 7. Due to
the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the
date it will conduct the random selection process.