USCIS just announced today that they've completed the random selection process for this year's FY2018 CAP.
USCIS received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions this year, which is fewer than the number of petitions received for last year's CAP (236,000 petitions received). Hopefully you have better odds that the previous year!
On April 11, 2017, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS has also started issuing receipt notices out for those selected in the Master's CAP. Please note that USCIS will continue to issue out receipt notices during the next few weeks. If you receive a receipt notice, you can check the status of your case here with the receipt number. USCIS has not mentioned how long it would take for them to process the CAP petitions.
This also means that USCIS will be sending out all unselected petitions along with the filing fees. However, the agency has not stated exactly when they'll start this process.
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