On April 7, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H1B 2017 lottery was officially completed. U.S. businesses use the H1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.
During the filing period, which began April 1, 2016, USCIS received over 236,000 H1B petitions including petitions filed for the master’s cap. To screen the 236,000 petitions, USCIS uses a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 regular cap and the 20,000 master’s cap.