It appears that the fiscal year 2008 H-1B cap was reached on the 1st day. Geez... I posted an excerpt from the press release below.
USCIS REACHES FY 2008 H-1B CAP
Cap Procedures: In keeping with USCIS regulations, USCIS will use the following process to handle
H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2008 cap:
· USCIS has determined that as of April 2, 2007, it had received enough H-1B petitions to reach the FY 2008 H-1B cap and has set the "final receipt date" as April 2, 2007. [But the final receipt date is actually April 3rd. Thus the quotation marks. Why say April 2nd when you mean April 3rd?]
· In keeping with its regulations, USCIS will subject H-1B petitions received on the "final receipt date" and the following day to a computer-generated random selection process. [Again with the quotation marks. I get it. The CIS "totally" knows what its doing.]
· USCIS will reject all cap-subject H-1B petitions for FY 2008 received on or after Wednesday, April 4, 2007.
· USCIS will reject and return along with the filing fee(s) all cap-subject H-1B petitions that are not randomly selected. [Our clients will probably blame us if their cases are not randomly selected because that's what they seem to do.]
· Petitioners may re-submit petitions on April 1, 2008 when H-1B visas become available for FY 2009. This is the earliest date for which an employer may file a petition requesting FY 2009 H-1B employment with a start date of October 1, 2008. [Oh, how generous and forward looking of the government.]
As of late Monday afternoon (April 2), USCIS had received approximately 150,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions. [Holy crap!] USCIS must perform initial data entry for all filings received on April 2 and April 3 prior to conducting the random selection process. In light of the high volume of filings, USCIS will not be able to conduct the random selection for several weeks.
In order to fully utilize its data entry and initial processing capacity, USCIS may choose to distribute filings received at one service center to other service centers for data entry. In the event that USCIS exercises this option, petitioners may receive receipt notices or other correspondence from a service center other than the one to which the H-1B submission was sent. USCIS advices employers that there is no need for concern should that occur and that there is no need to contact USCIS. [Don't call us, we'll call you.]