USCIS has released a statement confirming that as of April 7, 2008, USCIS received more than enough H-1B petitions to use up the entire cap of 58,200, plus approximately 6,100 “recaptured” numbers from this year’s Chile/Singapore H-1B1 cap. USCIS has also received more than enough petitions that will count against the exemption cap of 20,000 for employees with a Master’s or higher degree from a U.S. college or university.

USCIS will now log in all received H-1B petitions and conduct a random selection process for H-1Bs to be considered for processing toward this year’s caps. USCIS is not yet able to provide a date by which the random selection will be done, nor indicate how many petitions were received.