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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H1B Selection Rate

USCIS announced that they have received about 124,000 H-1B petitions from April 1 to 5. Using a denial rate of 15%, this means that USCIS should select about 100,000 H-1B petitions in the lottery so the overall selection rate is about 80%.

Friday, April 5, 2013

2014 H-1B Cap Reached

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. 

USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

H1B Update

As you are aware, there are a limited number of H-1B visas available each year: 20,000 under the master's degree cap and 65,000 under the regular cap. In the past few years, the quota has been reached months after April 1st, the first day H-1B petitions are accepted for the upcoming fiscal year. Last year the quota was reached on June 11, 2012. This year there is a chance the quota is reached in the first week. 

Under current regulations, the USCIS must accept H1B cap-subject cases during the first five business days in April. If the cap is reached or exceeded in the first five days, no more cases can be filed toward the cap until the next fiscal year.