After announcing that the H-1B Cap was reached on April 7, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 12 that it has conducted and completed the H-1B random selection for the FY2017 cap cases. The cap cases are those that will take effect at the beginning of the federal fiscal year on Oct. 1, 2016.
This year, USCIS received over 236,000 petitions for 85,000 available visas. The computer-randomized lottery selected 65,000 cases for highly skilled professionals and 20,000 for U.S. advanced degree holders. The number of petitions submitted increased approximately 1.3 percent from last year. For cases that were selected in the lottery, USCIS will begin adjudicating cases that were submitted with premium processing requests no later than May 16, 2016.
USCIS will continue to process H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap, including petitions for extension or amendment of status, petitions for change of employer, petitions for current H-1B workers to work for concurrent employers, and petitions filed by cap-exempt employers that are higher-education institutions, nonprofit research organizations, etc.