FY2015 H1B Cap Reached Triggering Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough H-1B petitions to reach the Cap for 2015. This includes cases under the general 65,000 Cap and the 20,000 under the Masters Cap. Prior to starting the lottery selection process, USCIS will complete preliminary intake for all filings received during the filing period which ended on April 7, 2014. USCIS has not yet determined when the lottery will take place.

USCIS will use a computer-generated lottery that will randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 under the Masters Cap. Cases that are not selected under the lottery will be rejected and filing fees will be returned.

There will be two lottery processes. The first lottery will encompass all Masters Cap cases. All Masters Cap cases not selected under the 20,000 Masters Cap will then be included in the lottery under the general 65,000 Cap.

All other H-1B cases not subject to the Cap will continue to process as normal.

Click here to read the official USCIS Cap announcement: USCIS 2015 Cap Announcement