H1B Visa 2014 Lottery Results – Regular and Advanced Degree Lottery

Raghuram Sukumar H1B Visa 5 Comments

breaking newsOn April 7, 2013, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as a “lottery”) to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit.

For cap-subject petitions not randomly selected, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing.

The agency conducted the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected were part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.

As announced on March 15, 2013, USCIS has temporarily adjusted its premium processing practice.

To facilitate the prioritized data entry of cap-subject petitions requesting premium processing, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases on April 15, 2013.

For more information on premium processing for FY 2014 cap-subject petitions, please see the related USCIS Alert.

USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap will not be counted towards the congressionally-mandated FY 2014 H-1B cap.

Accordingly, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

  • extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the U.S.;
  • change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
  • allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
  • allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.



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  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.

  3. Hey HSB,

    How about giving credit or at least mentioning the link from where you lifted the information verbatim? Shame on you for not even crediting the original source. You directly lifted this from USCIS’s website. Even if it is a government website, you should (you MUST) credit the original source. Merely saying, hey check this “USCIS Alert” link doesn’t cut it.

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