Effective April 1, 2019, USCIS will effectively reverse the order by which they select H1-B petitions under the H1-B regular cap and advance degree exemption. Additionally, they will introduce an electronic registration for petitioners seeking to file H1-B cap-subject petitions.
The US employers seeking to employ foreign workers with a U.S. master's or higher degree will have a greater chance of selection in the H1-B lottery in years of excess demand for new H1-B visas.
USCIS will first select H1-B petitions submitted on behalf of ALL beneficiaries, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. Then select from the remaining eligible petitions, a number projected to reach the advanced degree exemption.
The reverse selection order will apply to ALL petitions filed for the FY 2020 H1-B cap season. Petitioners may file an H1-B petition no more than six months before the employment start date requested for the beneficiary.