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Practice Note
 
Breaking News: FY 2008 H-1B Cap Reached in One Day on April 3, 2007

The USCIS announced that as of today, April 3, 2007, they have received 150,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions and as such the H-1B cap has been reached.  As such, the USCIS will use a random selection process for all cap-subject filings received on April 2, 2007, and April 3, 2007.  In other words, no cap-subject case is safe and guaranteed of a spot!

 

USCIS indicates that it will reject all cases received on or after April 4, 2007.  In light of the high volume of filings, USCIS will not be able to conduct the random selection for several weeks.

 

However, USCIS does not know how many of the 150,000 are cases for aliens with US-earned masters’ or higher degrees.  The first 20,000 H-1B petitions for such aliens are exempt from any fiscal year cap.  USCIS will make a future announcement regarding the final receipt date for these petitions.

 


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