On April 9, USCIS advised the public that it used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select petitions to meet the FY2017 cap. USCIS received over 236,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period and will begin premium processing no later than May 16, 2016. About the same number was received last year. Last year, regular processed cases were adjudicated anywhere from two to five months after filing.

USCIS will now begin notifying petitioners of selection in the form of a receipt notice. In the past, petitioners received advanced-degree cap receipts first. Shortly afterwards, regular cap-case receipts were mailed. We can expect USCIS to take about a month to announce that all of the receipts have been mailed. However, petitioners cannot confirm selection or rejection until a receipt is received or the H-1B package is returned.