Today USCIS announced that it has received sufficient H-1B petitions to reach the annual limit for both the regular and advanced US degree caps. The computerized random selection lottery for the US master’s cap will be conducted first. Cases not selected will then be dropped into the lottery for the regular H-1B cap. So, in essence, US master’s cap cases will have two opportunities for selection.

We are hoping to get specific numbers from USCIS by next week. We anticipate that USCIS will soon start depositing checks on cases that are selected. It could be a few weeks, and maybe even until mid-May, before receipts begin showing up for cases filed with regular processing. For cases filed with premium processing, courtesy email notifications should begin by the middle of this month.

Graham Adair will begin notifying clients as soon as checks are deposited. Please contact us directly at with questions.