Did USCIS Create Mini-Panic with H1B 2014 Quota Count News?

Raghuram Sukumar H1B Visa 6 Comments

There is no update from USCIS on H1B Visa 2014 Cap Count as of April 4, 2013

But, reading news about H1B shows that USCIS could have created a mini-panic with their press release.

…based on feedback from a number of stakeholders … USCIS anticipates that it may receive more than 65,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions and more than 20,000 petitions filed … between April 1, 2013 and April 5, 2013.

Above statement could have created a mini-panic. Employers and Attorney’s should work extra hours to get 1000’s of applications to USCIS before April 5, 2013.

USCIS could have published daily H1B 2014 Cap count updates.

If not, Fedex, USPS and UPS could publish volume of applications they delivered in first 5 days.

What if…what if… H1B quota is not hit within first 5 days?

Many Employers  will feel relieved if H1B 2014 Cap is not reached in first 5 days.

We have to wait for official H1B Quota count updates from USCIS, which could be on April 8 or April 9.

There are several reports from Immigration attorney’s about delay or errors in Fedex H1B Visa petitions delivery confirmation.

P.S: There are atleast 3 Immigration law firms filing over 2000 H1B applications each and still filing 100’s per day.

I wonder how many paralegals are required to file so many applications.

Stay tuned for latest updates on H1B Visa 2014 Quota count updates. Follow the links to stay updated with latest H1B 2014 Quota count news.


  1. Lottery is very useful especially the kind that promotes education. such lotteries has helped many students in University of Nigeria to further their education abroad, so it should be encouraged.

  2. Just chek the uscis Notificationm today
    USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap

    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. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption.

    USCIS will use a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as the “lottery”) for all FY 2014 cap-subject petitions received through April 5, 2013. The agency will conduct the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected will be part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit. Due to the high number of petitions received, USCIS is not yet able to announce the exact day of the random selection process. Also, USCIS is currently not providing the total number of petitions received, as we continue to accept filings today. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

  3. Hi All,

    Nothing to be panic, as per information i got it today from someone inside. recieved around 25,000 application for regular quota and around 7,500 application for Master Quota till 3rd April 2013

  4. Obama is trying to get immigration reform done (which it’s self is a good thing). part of that reform is increasing the H1B cap (upto 200K or more). The only way to get support for this is by “showing” that there is a scarcity of H1Bs now under the current cap. The best way to do this is to have a lottery so that they can say something like “under our currently broken system many US companies who wanted to fill important positions could not do it since only a % of those who applied got through and the cap was reached in record breaking time”. So the USCIS is doing the dirty work for the administration by pressuring everyone to file eary hence going for a lottery (hence their statement).

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