FAQ: USCIS received 233,000 H-B petitions in the H-1B FY 2016 Quota

USCIS received almost 233,000 H-1B petitions during the H-1B FY 2016 cap filing period, which began on April 1, 2015. This number includes petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 13, 2015, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.

Question: Do we know how many H-1B petitions were filed under the statutory cap of 65,000 visas (Bachelors quota) and how many were filed under the advanced degree exemption (Masters quota)?

Answer: Today’s notice does not specify how many petitions were filed under the Bachelors quota and how many were filed under the Masters quota. We will come to know the same in a week’s time.


Question: When do we get the receipt notices?

Answer: Though USCIS concluded the lottery today, April 13, 2015, it will take about a month’s time for all the receipt notices to be issued.


Question: Does that mean that premium processing starts from today?

Answer: No. As indicated by USCIS, premium processing for H-1B cap cases will begin no later than May 11, 2015.


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