USCIS : 172,500 Petitions received for H1B 2015 Lottery. Selection Complete !

H1B Visa 2015 Lottery Results by USCIS

As you know, USCIS announced on April 7th that they received enough number of petitions for filling the H1B Visa statutory cap for the fiscal year 2015. Also, they indicated that there were more petitions received and there would be lottery/ random selection process for the same. Today USCIS did an official press release stating the count of petitions received and process used. The below article focuses on the same.

Summary of USCIS Press Release : 172,500 Petitions Received

  • USCIS received about 172,500 petitions towards the H1B Visa 2015 Cap.  They received more than 20,000 petitions filed towards the Masters quota cap.
  • Computer generated random selection/ Lottery was conducted by USCIS on the total H1B petitions received until April 7th.
  • Lottery/ Random Selection Process :
    • Computer Generated Random Selection process was used to execute lottery.( No need to worry about human process that can raise doubts )
    • USCIS conducted lottery for Advanced Degree/ Masters degree quota petitions and selected 20,000 from them towards the Masters degree cap completion.
    • The H1B petitions that were filed under master’s quota cap, but not selected in the first round of lottery were added to the regular quota lottery pool of petitions.
    • Lottery was conducted with the above combined pool to select 65,000 petitions towards the Regular quota cap completion.
    • USCIS will reject and return the H1B petitions with the filing fees that were not selected in the above lottery process ( No loss to the employer, only Attorney fees ), that were not found as duplicate. If duplicate, your money will not be returned !
    • USCIS will begin premium processing of the H1B Petitions no later than April 28th ( it means that they could be process early as well )
    •  USCIS will continue to accept petitions that do not fall under H1B Cap, especially petitions that fall under below
      • H1B Visa Extensions
      • Petitions that were filed towards changes in terms of employment
      • Employer change H1B petitions
      • Second H1B petitions for concurrent working of an employee
      • Petitions that are filed by Educational and research institutions

RedBus2US Lottery Predictions = USCIS Received Petitions FY 2015

We are very happy to say that our H1B Visa Lottery Predictions based on USCIS Data Trends were exactly in-line with the petitions received by USCIS. In February of this year, we predicted that USCIS would receive about 150K to 180 K petitions for FY 2015 quota, and our predictions were right !  We are very happy that our predictions have been consistently right ! Hope some of you were able to plan ahead of time with our predictions.  All of our readers have been amazing and collaborating well.  Thanks for all your support !

We are revamping our H1B Tracker, please add your case, if you get selected in lottery to our H1B Tracker !  It will be great to see the processing times.

What are your thoughts on this years H1B Season ? Did you expect more ?

What should USCIS do to meet the demand ?

Reference : USCIS Website : USCIS Reaches FY 2015 

930 comments… add one

  • DEEPIKA Mar 14, 2015 Reply

    please tell me all requirements

  • B.E.L.I.E.V.E Jul 11, 2014 Reply

    RFE Recieved : 05/14/2014
    RFE Sent : 07/02/2014
    Approval Date : 07/10/2014

  • rk Jul 6, 2014 Reply

    I have received H1b approval. But I am not interested to work for my current company. What options I have I am in india

  • Mikele Jul 1, 2014 Reply

    I need to change the starting date of her new H1B from Oct 1 to Next Jan due to pregnancy. Can I ask my company to file an amendment for updating the new starting date? Normally, how long it will take for the amendment to be approved.

  • RK Jun 20, 2014 Reply

    Yesterday, HR received my H1B Rejection Letter.
    Last Year and This Year: my H1B application didn’t pick up in the lottery.
    Next year, I won’t apply for H1B.

    Planning to file for Canada PR.

    RQ/ RP

    • Emily Jun 24, 2014 Reply

      When you have bad luck in somewhere you will have good luck elsewhere.

      • Emily Jun 25, 2014 Reply

        My HR informed me today that I was not selected.
        When God closes a door he opens a window :)

  • vm Jun 11, 2014 Reply

    My attorney just confirmed that my application was not selected in lottery. Hoping for luck in future.

  • Aspire Jun 11, 2014 Reply

    My Employer states that they still haven’t heard anything regarding by application lottery results, neither won nor rejected. They also say they cannot confirm on rejection until they receive my application package returned. They say they cannot give me any details of application submit acknowledgement for me to verify if my visa was applied. The anxious wait is making me restless now. I want to work on my Plan B if my application has not won the lottery. How to proceed on the status check, any help/suggestion is highly appreciated.

  • Rejected Jun 10, 2014 Reply

    Got rejection receipt on June 9: Non-AD/PP

  • DD Jun 4, 2014 Reply

    I got rejection receipt, June 2 :(

  • chanakya Jun 4, 2014 Reply

    I got my visa approved in premium processing on 1st may , but I am still waiting for i 797 package to be shipped, my lawyer hasn’t received it yet. Anybody like that?


  • Surya Jun 2, 2014 Reply

    I got recipt today..hurray

    • usgrad Jun 2, 2014 Reply

      Congrats !

      Are you working in India for a big MNC ?

    • Bruce lee Jun 2, 2014 Reply

      Surya annayya,

      Receipt? or Application?

    • Rafic Jun 6, 2014 Reply

      In which MNC company you are working?

    • Anwar Jun 8, 2014 Reply

      do you mean receipt number or approval?

  • aspirant May 31, 2014 Reply


    I have filed my petition for fy15 under regular quota & I see no update from my employer all this days….is their any chances or everything is wrapped up for this year ?

    now I have a bad feeling that if my employer really has processed my petition or just fooling around, this is the first time i am applying so can any one tell how would I know if he has done good thing for me ….I have tried asking him for sharing LCA and I see weird answers, any online tracker can tell me ?

    • Still hoping Jun 1, 2014 Reply

      Am also in same boat, can anyone give more info on this? Pls.

      • aspirant Jul 6, 2014 Reply


        Now that my situation changed but still a bad feeling continues….I have got my receipt number from my employer last week and surprisingly I see RFE in the status :( …..

        In the status window it is not showing my name or anything if feel its surprising ? Also, my employer told me to send degree transcripts, tuition fee receipts and last 3 months payslip ?

        going round and round with my collage :(

  • Kris May 28, 2014 Reply

    One of my friend who got through H1B lottery this year now is shifting to kuwait and doesn’t need or lets say not interested in H1B and is quitting the company.

    I didn’t get through H1B lottery this year and the same company has applied for both us via Fragomen.

    Can the petition be transferred to me ? Before the petitions are sent back ? can anything be done?

    • Rohan May 28, 2014 Reply

      Nothing can be done. Its a wasted application. There would be over 80,000 People willing to buy that H1 from your friend if it was possible….

      • Rohan Jul 11, 2014 Reply

        Hypothetical question, I know its all case to case basis, but what would be the max one can get if they could sell their own H1?

  • kumar May 28, 2014 Reply

    Hi Saurabh,

    My application was picked in lottery and got RFE on may1st. We responded to RFE on 05/26/2014. Mine was premium processing. My company is moving to new location on 06/02/2014 in the same city.(same job responsbilities) Do we need to file new LCA or amendment for my H1b because of changing address.

    My H1b is still in process , does this address change effect my H1b approval? Please suggest.


    • JK May 29, 2014 Reply

      As the city and state is same, i dont think you need to file LCA…Even if its required….can be done once your petition is approved. it wont impact ur h1b process…cheers…(o;

  • Karan May 23, 2014 Reply

    Is there anything called a waiting list? Each website has a different take on it but is there something called a waiting list??

  • gangaram May 22, 2014 Reply

    Anybody who was in AD/PP/CA, got approval but yet to receive i-797 in mail package? I am still waiting.

  • Sal May 22, 2014 Reply

    Guys still not heard anything and the worst part is that the attorneys give a standard email saying we cannot give you any info. its still being processed, check tracker for further updates. Cant they be honest and tell me its a bit too late now.

    Please tell me what to do. Cant just sit there like a dumbo and not look at other options so please advice me with a Plan B.

    Also and EGAN people have any information please feel free to share. I am soo not happy and really dont know what to think or make out of this situation. Please respond….

    As a side note have there been cases that have been accepted late? as in is there still hope or we are just waiting for our packets to be returned at this point in time….

    Any help would be appreciated!!!

    • chanakya May 22, 2014 Reply

      90% are the chances that you are not picked up this time. Without wasting a single moment here on, start thinking of and working on plan B. Don’t wait and screw yourself, if you still get lucky and get picked up now, that’s bonus.

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