The H-1b Master’s Cap and Regular Cap have both been reached, as more than 85,000 new H-1b petitions were filed this week. As a result a lottery will be held to determine which petitions are selected. Any cap subject H-1b petition received by USCIS between April 1st and April 5th will be entered into the random selection process.
All advanced degree petitions not selected for the Master’s cap will be part of the random selection process for the regular cap. USCIS does not yet know the exact day of the random selection process.
The H-1b petitions filed are for a start date of October 1st, 2013, but are referred to as fiscal year 2014 petitions. USCIS will continue to accept any H-1B petitions that are exempt from the cap. Here is the complete USCIS press release.
We urge you to support the immigration attorneys, businesses, and foreign nationals in requesting Congress to eliminate or expand the H-1b cap. The current quantity of H-1b visas is insufficient to supply American companies with the skilled workers they require. Moreover, one can imagine the actual demand for these visas, if this many employers are willing to sponsor an employee that can’t even begin working for 6 months. Some of the foreign nationals might be currently working on another nonimmigrant visa status, but many H-1b applicants are overseas awaiting visa approval.