The requests for H1-B visas hit the annual cap of 65k in 5 days. there’s so much volume/so many requests anticipated that they setup a lottery system.
“High demand for skilled immigrant workers led to one of the briefest H-1B visa petition periods in recent years, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announcing that the number of petitions it received met or exceeded the annual statutory cap in just five days. The agency anticipated this before it began accepting petitions for fiscal year 2014, and it announced changes to its “premium processing” system to account for the expected high volume of petitions. In order to process the high volume of petitions subject to the annual cap, USCIS is using a lottery system to select petitions for approval. USCIS will continue, during this time, to accept petitions for current H-1B visa holders seeking to extend or modify their visas.”
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