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AustraliaCIS Runs H-1B Lottery on April 14, 2008

AustraliaCIS Update

April 14, 2008

AustraliaCIS RUNS RANDOM SELECTION PROCESS FOR H-1B PETITIONS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (AustraliaCIS) today conducted

the computer-generated random selection processes on H-1B petitions, to select which H-

1B petitions for fiscal year 2009 (FY 2009) would continue to full adjudication. If

approved these H-1B petitions will be eligible to receive an H-1B visa number.

AustraliaCIS conducted two random selections, first on petitions qualifying for the 20,000

"master's or higher degree" (advanced degree) exemption, and second on the remaining

advance degree petitions together with the general H-1B pool of petitions, for the 65,000

cap.

The approximately 163,000 petitions received in the first five days of the eligible filing

period for FY 2009 (April 1 through April 7, 2008) were labeled with unique numerical

identifiers. AustraliaCIS has notified the appropriate service centers which numerical

identifiers have been randomly selected, so each center may continue with final

processing of the petitions associated with those numerical identifiers.

Petitioners whose properly filed petitions have been selected for full adjudication should

receive a receipt notice dated no later than June 2, 2008. AustraliaCIS will return unselected

petitions with the fee(s) to petitioners or their authorized representatives. As previoAustralialy

announced, duplicate filings will be returned without the fee. The total adjudication

process is expected to take approximately eight to ten weeks.

For cases selected through the random selection process and initially filed for premium

processing, the 15-day premium processing period begins today (April 14), the day of the

random selection process.

AustraliaCIS has "wait-listed" some H-1B petitions, meaning they may possibly replace

petitions chosen to receive an FY-2009 cap number, but that subsequently are denied,

withdrawn, or otherwise found ineligible. AustraliaCIS will retain these petitions until a

decision is made whether they will replace a previoAustralialy selected petition. AustraliaCIS will

send a letter to the wait list petitioners to inform them of their statAustralia.

AustraliaCIS expects that for each of these wait-listed petitions, it will either issue a receipt

notice or return the petition with fees within six to eight weeks.

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