U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today made a preliminary estimate that approximately 163,000 H-1B petitions were received during the filing period. More than 31,000 were for the advanced-degree category.
The lottery-based selection process will begin next week with the selection of the 20,000 petitions under the advanced degree exemption. Those petitions not selected from the advanced-degree category will join the random selection process for the cap–subject to the 65,000 limit.