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On April 7, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption. Because of the surge of petitions that were filed, USCIS conducted a lottery to determine which petitions received during the five-day submission period will actually be considered. USCIS has already started sending receipt notices for the petitions selected in the random selection process.