USCIS H1B Lottery Process

The H1B lottery was last used by USCIS in 2009. USCIS implements the lottery when a sufficient number of cases are received to reach the Cap within the first five (5) business days of April.
Receipt notices are not issued until USCIS determines that a sufficient number of H1B petitions have been received. After completing the lottery, USCIS will then issues receipt notices for cases selected. In years past, USCIS has issued the same receipt date for cases accepted under the lottery.
If USCIS does not receive enough H-1B petitions to reach the Cap within the first five (5) business days of April, USCIS will likely continue to receive and accept petitions until USCIS has received enough H1B petitions to reach the Cap. If this occurs, USCIS will then conduct a lottery only for those cases received on the last day.
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