On April 7, 2014, USCIS announced the receipt of more than the statutory cap of 20,000 advanced degree exemption H-1B petitions and of the 65,000 H-1B petitions. It will perform a random selection process to determine which cases are accepted for the coming fiscal year. All cap subject H-1B petitions received after April 7, 2014 will be rejected.
USCIS will conduct its random selection of the advanced degree exemption H-1B petitions first and those not selected will be added to the pool of petitions to be considered for the 65,000 H-1B petition limit. Because of the volume of received H-1B petitions, USCIS has not announced when it will conduct the selection process.
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