USCIS 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.