April 14, 2015
The USCIS is reporting that is has completed the random selection of all 2016 cap subject H-1B petitions. There were nearly 233,000 petitions submitted in total. 65,000 petitions were selected under the general-category cap, in addition to another 20,000 from the Master’s cap. The USCIS selected the Master’s cap petitions first, after which the unselected Master’s petitions were added to the random selection process for the general-category cap. Unselected petitions will be returned by the USCIS including their filing fees. Premium Processing of H-1B cap subject petitions will begin on April 27th. This service guarantees a 15 calendar day processing time. For all other H-1Bs, notification of selection is expected in early May, with processing times of at least four months.