Immigration lawyers are reporting that they have already received receipts for H-1B cases that were filed under the master's degree cap. The receipts have all arrived by e-mail and are for cases filed using Premium Processing. Most reports are for cases filed in the USCIS Vermont Service Center.
USCIS announced that it had reached the cap last week, but did not announce that the lottery started. Lawyers are therefore surprised - and delighted - to have received receipts for successful lottery entrants already.
Stay tuned for updates as they occur. Good luck to any H-1B lottery entrants!
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.