In another indication of economic recovery and the need for immigration reform, USCIS announced last Friday that it anticipates applications for the H-1B visa will exceed the Fiscal Year 2014 cap within the first few days of when applications will begin to be accepted on April 1, 2013. This is in line with what many immigration attorneys were expecting based on unofficial reports.
The last time USCIS had to institute a lottery for H-1Bs was FY 2008. As companies cut jobs during the recession, the H-1B cap was often not met for several months, but over the past few years our firm has been keeping close tabs on when USCIS has stopped accepting applications; last year visas were available through June and the year before through November. Now the H1B game seems to be returning to the old system of running out of visas the very first day they become available.