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USCIS Concludes Random Selection Process

April 2016, 16
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The USCIS has started granting receipt notices for the cases which are field under the premium processing signifying that it has finished the process of random selection or lottery.

The USCIS had received around 2,36,000 H-1B petitions during the first filing period. Previous year, the USCIS had got approximately 2,33,000 petitions for H-1B for regular and exemption limits for Master Degree of the US.

When the USCIS got additional petitions for H-1B than permitted in a year, it conducts a process of random selection generated by computer for choosing which petitions it would take and adjudicate. This is a random process with no preference is offered to any type of position.

The USCIS has concluded two process of random selection. The initial one is for the petitions which are filed under the Master Degree of the US or higher exemption, that is capped to 20,000. The petitions that are claiming this exemption which are not selected in the initial process of random selection are added to other petitions under regular quota.  A process of second random selection is then finished on entire petitions.

After the USCIS concludes the process of twin random selections, it  starts to grant receipt notices for petitions which were selected and then they proceeds towards adjudication. The USCIS would not process those petitions which  are not selected  and would also return the petitions that are unprocessed with uncashed cheques to the employer. 

Because of the predicted big amount of petitions for H-1B quota filed against this year’s quota, it would generally takes the USCIS some weeks to start issuing receipt notices. The receipt notices for premium processing are emailed initially with receipt notices for normal processing being mailed after few weeks.

USCIS might take few months to return the petitions which were not selected in the process of random selection.

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