USCIS Delay in H-1B Premium Processing

USCIS announced that the requisite 15-day premium processing period for H-1B petitions subject to the cap will not begin until after the random lottery has selected the petitions for processing.  USCIS has received over 130,000 H-1B petitions subject to the cap and only 65,000 visa numbers are available.  H-1B petitions received on April 2nd and April 3rd that are subject to the cap (not the US Master’s Cap) will be included in the lottery.