H-1B Lottery Held Monday; Winners To Receive Notice By June

USCIS has announced it held the H-1B lottery for both regular and advanced-degree exemption petitions Monday, April 14, 2008.

Those H-1B petitions selected in the lottery for fiscal year (FY) 2009 now will continue to full adjudication. If approved these H-1B petitions will be eligible to receive an H-1B visa number, according to the USCIS press release.

Petitioners selected for full adjudication should receive a receipt notice dated no later than June 2, 2008, according to USCIS.

USCIS will return unselected petitions with the fee(s) to petitioners or their authorized representatives.

The total adjudication process is expected to take approximately eight to 10 weeks.

For cases selected through the lottery and initially filed for premium processing, the 15-day premium processing period began April 14, the day of the random selection process.

USCIS has “wait-listed” some H-1B petitions, meaning they may possibly replace petitions chosen to receive an FY-2009 cap number, but that subsequently are denied, withdrawn, or otherwise found ineligible.  USCIS will retain these petitions until a decision is made whether they will replace a previously selected petition.  USCIS will send a letter to the wait list petitioners to inform them of their status

USCIS said it expects that for each of these wait-listed petitions, it will either issue a receipt notice or return the petition with fees within six to eight weeks. 

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