Well, that was fast!
USCIS just announced that it completed the H-1B selection for Fiscal Year 2017.
The agency announced, on April 7, that it had received enough petitions to meet the cap of 65,000 regular H-1Bs and 20,000 US Master's degree H-1Bs. The agency states that it received 236,000 cases this year, included those filing in the advanced degree category.
Those advance degree petitions that are not selected as part of the 20,000 H-1Bs set aside for advanced degrees were added back to the regular H-1B pool.
Employers and attorneys may be able to figure out whether their cases were accepted by first checking to see if the filing fee checks were cashed. This may happen sooner than approval notices are issued.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.