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

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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 


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Comments ( 963 )

  1. JJ

    Hi I Got receipt on April 20. Still my case is showing “not found” in the USCIS system. My receipt number starts with EAC14132*** . Does anyone else has the same problem? Please reply.

  2. Suri

    Hi Guys, I applied through Egan- NON-AD/Non- PP. Still have not heard anything yet but my employer got 2 out 12 approval notice yesterday for Non-AD/Non-PP(i was not one of those two). I am wondering is there still a chance or is it time to start moving on…. thanks!

    1. Sal

      Hey Buddy even I applied via Egan haven’t heard as of now. In fact I dont even know if mine is PP or Non PP. Lets wait and watch.

    1. Sandra

      I have no information at all. I asked my employer to call USCIS. My employer asked HR to do it. HR doesn’t care about it.

      Now, I am not gonna ask anything about it. Plan b and also decide to apply for Canadian PR.

  3. nanjm

    Hi Guys,

    Just an update, my petition got approved under Masters Students category & regualr processing from CA center. I have received an scanned copy from my employer and also shows up in the case status. I pray for and wish the best to all the people waiting .

    Thank you all

  4. Karthik

    Hello Guys,

    I recieved email from my company that i got picked in lottery . NON-AD/RP/CA
    All the best for those who are still waiting. Keep hoping.

    1. anna


      PLEASE update this site as soon as you hear about your receipt notice TODAY. It will help many of us who are still waiting.

      Please mention the Notice date on your Receipt as well.

    2. tensedkillingeverysec

      Hi ,

      I got my receipt yesterday evening Non AD/RG/VT,there are recepits still flowing as per attorney.
      Lets pray who are still waiting.

          1. Rajesh

            Hi can you please get an update from them till when the PP Applications will be issued mine is Non Ad/ PP still waiting

            Please update me on PP applications !!!!!!

  5. Sal

    Dear All Egan LLP people, please let me know if you have any updates so far. Have you herd from attorney’s any ideas???

  6. B.E.L.I.E.V.E

    My friend was laid off last week. But got his H1 approved today. He still has 17 months on his OPT. Can he withdraw H1?

    Any idea?

  7. AJ

    I have heard some ppl get receipts as late as June or July. So that means their cheque would have been deposited late … So maybe there is still hope ??

  8. VObserver

    Time up guys. now don’t keep any hopes. i heard from my employer that there is no chance of getting any. waiting for packet back.. thats it. thanks all for the help with this blog.

  9. Damodar

    Are people still getting recipts? My petition was filed as regular for FY2015 and I’ve completely given hope. Most of my friends have already gotten theirs and theirs were filed through some consultancies. Here I am, worked hard to apply jobs, gave numerous job interviews myself just to be denied by the government. I wish I had gotten through one of those consultancies where you don’t have to leave your home and they do the interview for you.

    1. chanakya

      Did you have 2 attempts and didn’t go through even single? in that case , you have to accept the fate and move on with the possible alternatives. Life is never easy, it’s all about ups and downs in your life. Especially for Indians, it’s never easy, we are cursed people. We will never make Indian a beautiful place to live , and always want to go out and settle in some other countries like USA. We couldn’t build India in 5000 years, they built US in 500 years, because there is something fundamentally wrong with Indians. can’t do shi**, accept the fate and move on.

      1. aa

        Gimme a break — India gobbles up the vast majority of H-1B visas. The big companies like Infosys routinely abuse the system to put thousands of low-paid employees through. The fact is that Indian companies are screwing thousands of H-1B applicants from other countries who are legitimately high-skilled. It sickens me to hear about people committing to multiple employers so they can have more than one shot at the lottery.

        I would ask where your country’s sense of ethics is, but given that you all are about to elect a person who committed genocide as your leader, you have bigger issues in your society!

        1. AA

          Amen brother. Devastated by my lack of receipt. I have a dream job in a high skilled burgeoning tech industry.

          Instead someone with a mickey mouse masters from mumbai will pick both mine and thousands of other visas up. Fantastic.

        2. chanakya

          u r right.. But do you know who is responsible for today’s india’s situation of degraded ethics and morallity? it’s muslims and eurpians empires (looters), who destroyed our country for 1000 years, and still continuing to do so. So if you are one of the middle eastern guy .. fu* u. your forefathers came here, and increased our population like hell by converting all Hindu’s to Muslims. We have no peace in the country today because of you.

  10. Lost hope

    Writing this with a heavy heart because I think it’s my duty to update my fellow members of this blog..,.

    Just talked to my employer he said he got 9 out of 16 h1b Rq/rp/vt receipts on last Monday itself. My name is not there in those 9 receipts.

    The checks got cleared on Tuesday for those guys.

    Going by the pure math virtually there is no chance left for me.

    Although my employer asked me to sty positive and wait for another week.

    I am very sad. Good luck to all those who are waiting !!

  11. raman

    IAm from infosys and didn’t recieve the updates on my H1b yet.Any one from Infosys got th erejection / lottery results for the H1b.

    1. xx

      Hey Raman

      I am also working for infosys and lot of colleagues got their acknowledgements.But not me.I know around 7 people who got them and quite a few who haven’t.Hopefully everyone should be notified by this week.Else assume rejection in lottery.Though comapany says wait till mid of june, there are very slim chances.

      1. Infy

        Quick question : People who got the acknowledgement or even you, do you guys have a project in US? If yes, what kind of projects?

  12. AJ

    My employer applied for 20 visas. He said 10 peoples check has been cashed on may 1st and 2nd. My name was not there in the list. Are there still any chances or does that mean my file was not selected.??

    1. Non-AD/RP/VT

      Same here. I am one of the four whose check has not been cashed yet. Going by the ratio, this pretty says everything right?

      But I would suggest let’s stay hopeful until there is a rejection. Because the alternative is too painful

      1. AJR

        Same here …

        When i did check with my Attorney, he received allmost 65% of receipts but not mine though.

        Think, Game is over 🙁 🙁 🙁

    1. mmm

      My friend got her recipt number at the end of April, but I have not heard anything from Egan or my school till now.

        1. mmm

          I called the attorny today. She did not pick up the call. I have called her before and she did not pick up the call either. I began wondering whether these laywers never pick up calls or reply any calls. The UICIS wont discuss the case with me and they only will discuss with the XXXX laywer who did not do anything to help us.

          1. Sal

            I guess we all are in the same boat. I’ll keep you all posted if I hear anything. But according to you all a few of Egan candidates have already gotten receipt numbers right?

            We gotta wait and watch I guess. But please do keep all of us posted.

            Thank you all

          2. mmmaaa

            I have two friends already got recipt number from Egan. Our Cases are PP, but the $2000 PP does not buy us any news quicker than others. UICIS is such a liar and asshole.

          3. Sal

            mmmaaa dont worry man….keep your fingers crossed. The handout they gave us said that we might hear early to mid may. A lot of us are very worried right now…Honestly i hope we all make it.

            But if you hear anything do let me know. Also Sandra any news that you have please do share. Really appreciate it. I did sent the attorney an email today again, hope she replies.

          4. Sal

            Mmmmaa Just got an email from the attorney. She is saying if there are any updates check tracker. It will be posted there. Its a standard response so lets see. Just wanted to give you an update.

    1. Rushi


      Could you please update the receipt numbers masking last 4 digits.
      This will be useful for us whoa re waiting!

  13. Egan

    Any comments/updates from Egan can also be followed up on this blog. Feel free to add and share.

  14. Julius Cheeser

    I think it is ALMOST game over now with USCIS announcing that they are done with processing receipts for H1B’s. There are slim chances for those

    1) Whose receipts were mailed on Friday last week and are still in the mail (RP)
    2) Few who are waitlisted (normally lawyer gets informed if you are waitlisted)

    but chances now are close to Zero

  15. Rajesh

    USCIS announced today that data entry of all FY15 H-1B cap petitions has been completed. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected in the lottery. ”

    Got this email from USCIS as I have subscribed for alerts. USCIS tweeted this too. So I think today they finished sending the receipt and if we don’t get it by next week, GAME OVER 🙁

  16. Lost Hope L1 to H1

    I am non AD RP. My employer applied 17 and got only 2 so far..
    I am not in that. He says the game could be over for me since last year they applied for 12 and got only 2 on the same day similar to this year.
    Btw, none of the chequess got encashed so far.
    I applied last year too and no luck..Its frustrating.

    Should I give up my hope?


      Do you meant that all of the checks, including checks for the selected people, is not yet encashed?

      I’m in the same situation with you. I did not receive anything from USCIS, and my checks are not encashed… I should forget about my dream…

  17. ST

    Approved today – I wasn’t able to track my status until “post-decision”.
    non-AD/PP/VT – change of status L1 to H1
    receipt – EAC141345XXXX

  18. Bikash

    On April 30, 2014, we mailed you a notice that we have approved this I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow any instructions on the notice. If you move before you receive the notice, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

    Good Luck Everyone.

  19. prayinghard

    AD/PP/CA. The USCIS website shows approved. I am strongly praying that others, apart from duplicate applicants and bodyshoppers/consultants, sail through this smoothly.

  20. Plan B

    I am planning on applying to school, it’s high time now as my OPT will expire soon
    I can’t risk it. FYI, we will have 60 days from the date of OPT expire to either get to school or Alvida

    Plan B

  21. Waiting PP

    AD/PP/VT. Still waiting for my receipt. Is it possible that they issue the PP receipt and regular receipt at the same time and so even though they begin processing PP today, they continue to issue PP receipt?

    My friend who filed under Reg already got her receipt last week. I’m really concerned and nervous. Don’t know what to do, and don’t know how long I shall wait. 🙁

    1. SR

      I am in the same boat

      Fragomen was my attorney, I talked to them and they told me the chance is really low. I felt they just said low dont kill my hope
      My OPT expire May 31 and I dont have opt extension (not STEM)

    2. manju


      hi i am still waiting and hoping that i get this as its my last chance
      are there any others like me in the same boat?

        1. manju

          I contacted my school and they said no change of my status till now
          But i still think we will get it.
          This time processing of receipts and informing was very slow due to high number of applicants so i still think AD/PP/VT have chances to get selected in lottery

      1. waiting

        AD/PP/VT still waiting. The check wasn’t cashed. HR haven’t got any email. It’s just terrible. Eating chocolate whole last night to keep myself not thinking about it.

  22. Navi

    To all the people who did not get the receipts yet,

    I was unlucky last year. Based on my past experience, I am sharing these words.

    1) Last year by this time, majority of people got receipts. Chances are slim at this stage but I have seen people reporting the received receipts until Mid June.
    2) Even I have seen few pp’s got their receipts till Mid May.
    3) Finally, don’t lose hope until you get the rejection letter. During this wait process, don’t get stressed and plan for next move. Think about your families and continue with normal life.

    Live with the hope.

    1. PV

      To all those Got picked in the lottery, PP/VT and got your receipt number but not able to see your status online, please find the below reply from the Immigration officer from Vermont –
      “Due to the extremely high number of cases involved with the “ H1B cap” our online status system has not been able to keep up with all the activities involved with case adjudication. Your petition EAC-14-133-5xxxx is now in the “Pending “ status and is currently with an adjudicating officer. Unfortunately, we cannot say with certainty, when the online status tool will be functioning properly.”

  23. sandeep

    Hi all,

    I got my receipt number EAC1413552*** on 04/14. But still I am not able to check the status in the USCIS website. It’s been 13 days still I can’t check

    Whenever I check uscis ..

    “Your case can not be found at this time in My Case Status. Please check your receipt number and try again. If you need further assistance, please call the National Customer Service Center at 1.800.375.5283.

    any one have the same issue?

    Please suggest.

    1. SK

      Same here, Sandeep. Mine says the same. Seems like Vermont is a bit behind in updating the numbers .. btw, out of curiosity, have you tried calling the 1800 .. number and inquired ?

      1. Vermont Not Trackable

        I am also in the same boat as you guys , I did call up 1800 no last week , talked to the customer care executive and he told me that it may take some time for the case to be available on the web site and they can only follow up on it , if its beyond 45 days

      2. sandeep

        Hey SK,

        I called up my lawyer and this is the reply “For cap cases this is pretty normal. They are receipting 85,000 cases and they’re slow to update their online system. There is no cause for concern.”. We can’t do anything but wait. It’s really frustrating to wait. please let us know if you have any update about case progress. Mine is Premium processing .. what is ur’s PP/RP?

        1. ST

          I think all the petitions that can’t be tracked are premium – I’ve noticed some regular people that receive their receipts this week – they are able to track their case without issues – it seems like for week or so USCIS released PP receipts without updating them in the system

          1. Godisthere

            Not True.. I am regular and I can’t track my receipt too. Not sure, what’s happening. I was given receipt date as 16th of April.

          2. Vikas

            There are some issues for receipt number EAC 14-135-xxxxx till 14-138 i guess.Mine is EAC 14-140-xxxxx I am able to track this is generic issue concerned people are notified dont be panic chill!

        2. SK

          Hi Sandeep,

          Nothing yet! My number is EAC141335…… Still nothing coming up. Guess it will sometime this week that they will update our info ..

      3. RandomGuy

        Same situation with me. Mine is EAC-14-135-5XXXX. Seems like 135 definitely has an issue. Cant seem to see my case status. It is a little frustrating and unnerving. I hope it comes through soon. Please update us if anyone is able to see it! Thanks.

    2. JS

      I have the same problem which makes me nervous. My case number starts with EAC1413450***. Still can’t track it after 14 days of receiving the number..

      1. PP petitions

        My receipt also starts with EAC141345XXXX.. under premium they will have to give an answer soon – so I’m hoping we hear something in the next few days. I’m guessing receipts from EAC14133 to maybe EAC14138 – can’t be tracked right now. Most premium, but possible even some AD/RP (based on the cases released in those days)

    3. SK

      Hello everyone,

      Just now I checked my case number and its showing up unlike before. The dot is on post-decision. I dunno about accepted/rejected, guess will know in the next couple days when they will inform my lawyer.

      Seems like they have started to update the numbers. So all numbers should be up in the next couple days! Best of luck..

  24. USToo

    Is it over for AD/PP/VT? Have you heard if in the past years any AD/PP got receipts later? Should I still have any hopes? I have no plan B so any advice would be appreciated.

  25. HCM

    Does any one have an idea by what time will USCIS declare all the results of those who are selected in the lottery or do they even declar such date, base on last year experience? Non-AD/RP

    Till what date should we keep our hopes? (If any employer who have shared it wit you)

    And should the employer come to know before hand that some one is selected in the lotter based on the cheque getting cashed. Or there is a different logic to this.

    Please share ur views expertise.

    Hoping 4 the best.

    1. The ROCK

      Last year i got rejection mail in may 3rd week.. And i have seen people getting receipt till june first or second week… So i guess best chance of getting receipt should be May last week

      Its nothing official just sharing last year experience…

    1. kumar

      Hey PS,

      I got the same issue . My petition received date is apr 10th , and notice date is apr 15th. I haven’t been able to track my case status as well and number is EAC14135XXXXX. Did you try contact your employer or lawyer about this. Please let me know if you have any update on this.


      1. PS

        Hey Kumar, I asked the lawyer about it and she said I need to wait till May 12th (They filed PP). But I constantly check the status like crazy (and not only my own number, but different combinations near my number 🙂 )

        1. kumar

          Hey PS and ST,

          this is the response from my lawyer .
          “For cap cases this is pretty normal. They are receipting 85,000 cases and they’re slow to update their online system. There is no cause for concern.”

          May be we should wait till monday because of the premium processing starts from monday. Mine is full time position here and I hope my case will be approve with out RFE. I know this is scary process , but good thing is we got selected in lottery. good luck. please contact me [email removed avoid spam ] so that we can communicate.


          1. PS

            Thank you for the update! I know it is so hard for everybody (specially for those who are waiting for the receipt number) and I wish everybody (honestly, except those who submitted more than one application) loads of luck!

      2. RandomGuy

        Same situation with me. Mine is EAC-14-135-5XXXX. Seems like 135 (April 15th) definitely has an issue. Cant seem to see my case status. It is a little frustrating and unnerving. I hope it comes through soon. Please update us if anyone is able to see it! Thanks.

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