U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.
The lottery was completed today, April 10th 2014. USCIS conducted the lottery for Masters (Advanced) degree first. All the advanced degree petitions which are not selected in the initial lottery are added to the General Quota (65,000) and the lottery has been done for these applications.
USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing.
Selected Petitions List sent to Processing Centers
The list of the selected petitions is sent to the appropriate service centers for further adjudication of the petitions. The service centers would then continue with the final processing on those petitions.
Selected Petitions Receive Receipt Letter
In regards to all the petitions selected through the lottery process, the petitioners will receive a receipt notice, with the EAC Number, useful to track the status of your petition.
USCIS returns unselected Petitions with Fee
The USCIS will return those petitions not selected in the lottery to the respective petitioners along with the fee. It is also important to know that the duplicate filings will be returned without the fee.
Some of the petitions would be marked “wait-listed” by the USCIS and those petitions were also selected under the lottery. These wait-list petitions may possibly replace petitions selected under the lottery for Fiscal Year 2015, but are subsequently denied, withdrawn, or otherwise found ineligible. USCIS will retain these petitions until a decision is made whether they will replace a previously selected petition
For those petitions applied under premium processing, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases on April 28, 2014.