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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

H-1B Visa 2015 Update

USCIS typically starts accepting applications for the next fiscal year starting from April 1st. So, the start date for accepting H1B Visa 2015 petitions would be April 1st, 2014, which is a Tuesday.  

The H1B Visa cap count stands as below:
§  Regular H1B Quota : 65,000
§  Masters H1B Quota : 20,000
§  It is to be noted that 6,800 visas every year are set aside for Singapore and Chile Free trade agreement filings, which is called as H1B1 program.

USCIS received about 124,000 petitions for a total of 85,000 visas last year for FY 2014.  We can expect a good amount of the 39,000 applicants, who were not selected in H1B 2014 lottery, to apply for this FY 2015 quota. 

Apart from the regular Masters completed students, the STEM category students, who did not apply for H1B visa last year with 17 month OPT extension could also apply for H1B visa for this FY 2015 quota.

There has been some discussion on Immigration reform and raising H1B cap to 110,000 for regular quota and masters quota to 25,000, but nothing has moved  yet and we may have to live with existing cap.

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Immigration & Tax Law Firm
Phone: (630) 903-9625
1230 E. Diehl Rd. Suite 106
Naperville, IL 60563

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