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H1B Visa 2014 Cap Count = 124,000 (Regular + Advanced Degree)

Raghuram Sukumar H1B Visa 8 Comments

breaking newsUSCIS published the cap count today.

For the first time since 2008, USCIS has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period.

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.

USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.

H1B Visa allows foreign workers to work for temporary period of 6 years. Every year U.S. Congress have certain number of visa’s available.

When number of applications exceed the available visa numbers, USCIS conducts random selection process to issue the visa.

There was no H1B random selection since 2009. This year, number of application received is more than available visa numbers. This is how USCIS conducts H1b visa lottery process.

After lottery (random selection) is conducted, receipt notice will be sent to selected applicants. This process can take several months to complete.

Next – H1B Visa 2014 Lottery Results Announced



  1. Can someone explain under which scenario can a person be exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.?

  2. Well, all this talk of H1 lottery and creating the buzz is okay. But can anyone explain me why the USCIS needs to do lottery in the first place?
    USCIS says it received a greater number of applications than the quota through April 5. Let us assume that this limit was reached on 3rd April. So USCIS should only do a lottery selection for the applications received on 3rd, 4th and 5th of April.
    Why are people who filed on 1st and 2nd April being subject to this?

    In normal years, USCIS sets a cut off date when it receives applications equal or greater than the quota. So why not do that this time around too?
    Else, it is like saying the filing dates are open from 1st April to 30th Septmeber, send in all applications, we’ll do a lottery to decide who gets to work on 1st October

    On blogs, I see people bickering about the worth of H1 between a Google and TCS employee, a PHD and a bachelors candidate etc., but no one seems tgo think that this problem can be solved by just doing the random selection for the ‘late’ applications.
    All worthy companies have their lawyers and application ready and on time for 1st April.

    1. Clearly you lack sufficient knowledge about the whole H1B process. The 5 day rule is something they came up with in 2007, when they had to do lottery for first time. There is a huge postal service rush during that time, so 2 petitions posted on same day can reach on different days. This rule is clearly stated on their site, and everyone filing the petition knows it beforehand, so it’s only fair to treat all petitions in first 5 days as same.

    2. Seems that you applied for H1 and had your application sent before 3rd April. Take a chill man everybody should get a chance.

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