On April 10, 2014, the USCIS randomly selected 85,000 H-1B petitions in what is popularly called the H-1B lottery. The random selection was necessary because the agency received approximately 172,500 new H-1B petitions. The U.S. advanced degree petitions were selected first. Any advanced degree petition that was not selected in the first round was placed in the general pool for the selection of the remaining randomly chosen 65,000 H-1B numbers. The petitions not chosen in the lottery will be mailed back with their uncashed filing fee checks.