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.