For the first time since 2008, the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 per fiscal year was reached within the first week of the filing period. In addition, the Immigration Service received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS received well over 100,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. As in past years, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit. Cap-subject petitions not randomly selected will be rejected and returned with filing fees.