h1b 2014 quota status

H1B Visa Quota Could Be Over in First 5 Days for FY 2014

Breaking News Update on H1B Visa 2014 quota status update from USCIS.

USCIS is expecting more number of H1B applications in first days of April, 2013 than the available quota of 65,000 in regular cap and 20,000 in Maters Degree cap.

Here is the extract from USCIS Press Release

The cap (the numerical limitation on H-1B petitions) for FY 2014 is 65,000. In addition, the first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with U.S. master’s degree or higher are exempt from the fiscal year cap of 65,000.

Based on feedback from a number of stakeholders, USCIS anticipates that it may receive more petitions than the H-1B cap between April 1, 2013 and April 5, 2013.  USCIS will monitor the number of petitions received and notify the public of the date on which the numerical limit of the H-1B cap has been met. This date is known as the final receipt date.

If USCIS receives more petitions than it can accept, USCIS will use a lottery system to randomly select the number of petitions required to reach the numerical limit. USCIS will reject petitions that are subject to the cap and are not selected, as well as petitions received after it has the necessary number of petitions needed to meet the cap.  The lottery for the H-1B cap was last used in April 2008.

Now, you have it folks.

According to H1B Visa 2014 predictions, I was expecting H1B quota will be over by end of April. But, its it could be over much before than that.

TO learn about H1B Visa go to H1B Visa and  if your filing H1B in April, go to H1B Visa 2014 to get the latest updates.





  1. Huzefa on March 24, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    How does the Premium processing work in case of a lottery. I mean, if i apply for premium processing straight away and my application is not picked up at the lottery, what happens then? should I apply for premium processing only once my application is picked at the lottery ?

    • gkb on April 4, 2013 at 6:58 AM

      That’s how you win the lottery. Paying for Premium Processing is like buying yesterday’s lottery ticket after seeing today’s newspaper. Don’t quote me on this one though.

      These comments are made based on the up-to-knowledge of the author with no liabilities. For any questions, contact the author directly.

  2. bharat on March 23, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    As per me there is no way possible for lottery . 1.No consultancies are doing h1b for free 2. Ppl are not ready to take risk in paying the huge amounts . 3.as per the news the lca applied are not more than 80000 which includes new and transfers .agree?

    • preeti on March 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Hey bharat,

      Could you share the source that talks about the number of LCAs applied? Also does this number indicate the number of employees, since one LCA could be for more than one employee.

  3. Aman on March 19, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Hey Raghu,

    How does the lottery work? If 100,000 applications are received and 85,000 total visas applications are allowed, will USCIS randomly pick-up 85,00 applications out of the 100,000.


  4. TA on March 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    These Desi consulting crooks and the bulge bracket service companies eat up all the visas so honest hardworking students are left fighting for scraps.

    • Truth on April 2, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      What do you mean by honest hardworking students? Guys from rich families who can afford such high fees? Those who start working after graduation in India a equally honest and hardworking.

  5. Jazz on March 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Thanks for sharing HSB. Do let us know how we can prepare better. I’m working with a consultancy to file my petition this April.

  6. kiranchitturi on March 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    What could this mean to the people who are in the market right now looking for jobs ? Should we aim at specific companies or do we need to be careful when choosing companies and only select companies that surely can sponsor H1B ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on March 15, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      If your employer is not filing your H1 this year, then you have to wait till next year. Also, you need to find a job, employer who can file your H1B.

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