U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have conducted its computer-generated random selection processes to select petitions towards this year’s H1B and H1B Advanced Degree quota. The H1B quota is of 65,000 and the advanced degree quota is of 20,000. USCIS had received around 163,000 petitions in the first five days of filing period this year.
As we all know, the random selection process sorts through and randomly picks the particular numerical codes that are assigned to each petitions when their details are fed into the computer system. Now that the selection is complete, USCIS will inform the appropriate service centers of the cases that have been selected and the centers will then proceed to adjudicate the cases.
Petitioner will soon start to receive either receipts acknowledging selection of their petition or if they haven’t been selected, have their petitions returned to them and filing fees refunded. According to USCIS this will take a week or two, no later than June 2, 2008. The Agency will take approximately eight to ten weeks to adjudicate the selected petitions.
Since there has been no updates regarding premium processing for H1B, the 15-day premium processing period will begins starting April 14.
USCIS also has kept a few petitions on the “wait-listed”, petitions that have not been selected but may get a lucky break if any of the selected petitions are denied or rejected for any reason. USCIS will send letters to these petitioners updating them of their status. The agency has not a set time frame for which it will retain these “wait-listed” petitions.