FY2009 H1B Cap Filing Update

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 10, 2008 nearly 163,000 H-1B petitions received during the filing period on April 1 to April 7, 2008. More than 31,200 of those petitions were for the advanced degree exemption. On April 14, 2008 USCIS conducted the computer-generated random selection processes on H-1B petitions to select which H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2009 (FY 2009) would continue to full adjudication.

USCIS conducted random selections, first on petitions qualifying for the 20,000 “U.S. master’s or higher degree” (advanced degree) exemption, and second on the remaining advance degree petitions together with the general H-1B pool of petitions, for the 65,000 cap. Petitioners whose properly filed petitions have been selected should receive a receipt notice dated no later than June 2, 2008. USCIS will return unselected petitions with the fee(s) to petitioners or their authorized representatives, unless found to be a duplicate. The total adjudication process is expected to take approximately eight to ten weeks.

USCIS has “wait-listed” some H-1B petitions, they may possibly replace petitions chosen to receive an FY-2009 cap number, but that subsequently are denied, withdrawn, or otherwise found ineligible. USCIS will retain these petitions until a decision is made whether they will replace a previously selected petition. USCIS will send a letter to the wait list petitioners to inform them of their status.

For more information, visit the USCIS website.