As of April 14th, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began sending email notifications to H-1B employers for premium processing cases that were selected in the H-1B statutory cap lottery. Premium processing is an upgraded process under which the USCIS will conduct an initial review of the petition within 15 calendar days in return for an additional fee of $1,225. The USCIS has begun mailing receipts for H-1B petitions selected in the random lottery. The USCIS has begun processing petitions selected under the quota and issuing requests for evidence. Both the USCIS California Service Center and Vermont Service Center are aggressively scrutinizing maintenance of status issues particularly for F-1 students working under curricular practical training (CPT) and optional practical training (OPT). For example, the Service Centers are requesting documentation that the position held by the F-1 student employed under CPT or OPT be related to their major. Also, the Service Centers are questioning whether beneficiaries are engaging in a full course of study and questioning inconsistencies such as the student's home address being in a different state from the academic institution where they are studying. Unfortunately, the USCIS' scrutinizing eye is always shifting and it is difficult to forecast what the next issue will be.