Thursday, April 10, 2014

Newsflash – USCIS Completes FY 2015 H-1B Lottery

On April 10, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough H-1B petitions to reach the 65,000 general-category quota and 20,000 advance degree exemption quota.  The total petitions received during the FY 2015 filing period, which began on April 1, totaled approximately 172,500, up 50,000 from last year.  All cap petitions that were not selected will be returned with filing fees.
As announced on March 25, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases by April 28.  For more information on premium processing for FY 2015 H-1B cap-subject petitions, please see the related alert.
USCIS will also continue to accept and process H-1B petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap, including those filed on behalf of H-1B workers who have been previously counted towards the cap, and others 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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