USCIS Announces the H-1B Cap Not Yet Reached

On 4/8/09, USCIS announced that it has received almost half of the petitions counted under the H-1B bachelor’s cap and almost all petitions counted under the H-1B master’s cap.  This means that all petitions received so far will be granted a number.  Once the cap is reached, then all petitions received that day will be subject to a randomized computer lottery.  It should be noted that even if the master’s cap is reached, individuals with a related qualifying bachelor’s degree can still apply under the bachelor’s cap.