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Friday, April 11, 2014

2015 H-1B Lottery Held; Winners get Receipt Notices Not Rejection



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.
-Arnulfo Sanchez

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2015 H-1B Cap to Be Determined By Lottery


On April 7, 2014, the USCIS  announced that the heavy volume of cap-subject H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2015, has required that the filing period close after five business days of receipts.  Due to the large number of cases received, the agency will complete a list of all filings received as of that date before placing them in a random selection process.

The H-1B petition cap is presently limited to 85,000 petitions, with 20,000 slots allotted to employer-sponsored individuals with U.S. advanced degrees and 65,000 petitions under the general cap for individuals with a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent.  The U.S. advanced degree petitions will be assigned to the lottery first.  Any advanced degree petition that is not selected in the first round will be placed with 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.  The agency has not released the date of the selection process. 

-Arnulfo Sanchez