USCIS First H1B Visa 2014 News Update likely on April 8th? April 5th ( unofficial ) ?

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 31 Comments

Well, I have seen the traffic of our website has spiked by 300% today, which I suspect is primarily driven the curiosity on H1B visa 2014 lottery Predictions  hovering around everyone’s mind.  The big question is when will USCIS give formal update on the H1B visa 2014  petitions received so far. Let’s look at some of the past trend to predict the expected date that USCIS would give us data.

 

USCIS first update – April 8th very likely , Unofficial news could be April 5th

Typically, USCIS updates public on the H1B visa petitions data  once a week. Ideally, they collate all the data of petitions received until Friday of the previous week and  release updates the following Monday or Tuesday. I  have noticed this trend in the past few  years.   Check out the data below:

 

Fiscal Year  USCIS First Updates information .
H1B Visa FY 2013 First USCIS official update was released on April 9th, which was a Monday. They considered all petitions until Friday April 6th.  Read April 9th  , 2012 USCIS update
H1B Visa FY 2012 First update on April 8th, which was Friday. They considered all data until April 7th and reported the next day. Read April 8th, 2011 USCIS update
H1B Visa FY 2011 First update on April 9th, Which was Friday. They considered all petitions until April 8th.  April 9th, 2010 USCIS update

 

If we look closely, it is very obvious that USCIS will collect one week data and report to public after that.  Also, they have indicated in their press release for FY 2014 that they will expect more petitions between April 1st and April 5th.   Hence, logically speaking, USCIS would most likely give us an update early next week by April 8th, Monday. We may have some unofficial information by Friday with updates from AILA or other agencies. We will keep you all posted.

Stay tuned for all the updates on H1B Visa 2014 Cap count update Tracker Page

   

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Comments ( 31 )

  1. tom

    USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, 2013, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as a “lottery”) to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit. For cap-subject petitions not randomly selected, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing.

    The agency conducted the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected were part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.

  2. Pradeep

    Lottery completed for FY2014 H1B. USCIS Received 1,24,000 applications. There is no information on the number of applications received towards Masters and regular quota.

    USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap

    Released April 8, 2013

    WASHINGTON—For the first time since 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 for fiscal year (FY) 2014 within the first week of the filing period. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.

    USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, 2013, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as a “lottery”) to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit. For cap-subject petitions not randomly selected, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing.

    The agency conducted the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected were part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.

    As announced on March 15, 2013, USCIS has temporarily adjusted its premium processing practice. To facilitate the prioritized data entry of cap-subject petitions requesting premium processing, USCIS will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases on April 15, 2013. For more information on premium processing for FY 2014 cap-subject petitions, please see the related USCIS Alert.

    USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap. Petitions filed on behalf of current H-1B workers who have been counted previously against the cap will not be counted towards the congressionally-mandated FY 2014 H-1B cap. Accordingly, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:

    extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the U.S.;
    change the terms of employment for current H-1B workers;
    allow current H-1B workers to change employers; and
    allow current H-1B workers to work concurrently in a second H-1B position.
    U.S. businesses use the H-1B programto employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields including, but not limited to: scientists, engineers, or computer programmers.

    For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=c91dea8c9eadd310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=a2dd6d26d17df110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD

  3. amit

    USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, 2013, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as a “lottery”) to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit. For cap-subject petitions not randomly selected, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing.

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=c91dea8c9eadd310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=b56db6f2cae63110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD

  4. lionking

    Please vote for this petition

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/introduce-company-level-cap-temporary-work-permits-h1-b/tF8QSBhJ

  5. Jenny

    USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption.
    USCIS will use a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as the “lottery”) for all FY 2014 cap-subject petitions received through April 5, 2013. The agency will conduct the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected will be part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit. Due to the high number of petitions received, USCIS is not yet able to announce the exact day of the random selection process. Also, USCIS is currently not providing the total number of petitions received, as we continue to accept filings today. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.
    USCIS will provide more detailed information about the H-1B cap next week.
    For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit www.uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

    Last updated:04/05/2013

    1. xyz

      You’ll only get an official update from USCIS on Moday..No use cracking heads before that on rumours and endless discussions from lawyers,FedEx etc..I know its tough acall..but just wait for Monday for a decision 🙂

    2. xyz

      USCIS Reaches FY 2014 H-1B Cap

      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption.

      USCIS will use a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as the “lottery”) for all FY 2014 cap-subject petitions received through April 5, 2013. The agency will conduct the selection process for advanced degree exemption petitions first. All advanced degree petitions not selected will be part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit. Due to the high number of petitions received, USCIS is not yet able to announce the exact day of the random selection process. Also, USCIS is currently not providing the total number of petitions received, as we continue to accept filings today. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.

      1. xxx

        http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=5051f359827dd310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=e7801c2c9be44210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

    3. xyz

      http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=5051f359827dd310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=e7801c2c9be44210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

    4. sgautam

      USCIS announced Cap has been reached for FY 2014 H1_B visas. They got more than 20000 petitions for cap exempt advance degrees, and more than 65000 for regular. They will announce exact number on monday.
      Lottery is our fate!! Congress! fix this broken immigration system, atleast it should be cap exempt for US advance degree holders.
      www.uscis.gov

  6. Shiva

    I have found below at –
    http://redbus2us.com/qa/8903/what-is-h1b-lottery-and-how-is-it-operated
    hope it holds tru.. any thoughts on this??

    Regarding lottery, I found this in the official webside of USCIS:

    “If necessary, USCIS will apply a random selection process to all petitions received on the date when a sufficient number of petitions have been received to reach the applicable numerical limit (“final receipt date”) for cap-subject H-1B, H-2B and H-3 petitions regardless of whether Premium Processing Service is requested. ”

    To my understanding that say until the cap is not reached, the petitions filed will not be considered for lottery. If the cap is reached e.g. on day#4, only the petitions filed on that day will be considered for lottery to fill up the cap. Those filed on day#1/2/3 will not.

    Can anybody confirm that?

  7. Siva

    Hi Saurabh,

    I have a question which is not belong to this article.

    I have H1B petition and am going for stamping next week. I only have a old client invite letter which is dated November 2012.

    I am no longer working for that client. If I go for stamping will they ask for a new client invite letter?

    My company is MNC company and it comes under BEP.

  8. Arati

    I am already working for a state department in USA. My application went in on the 1st. Now seriously hoping that it does not end up being a lottery. I will loose my job in October if I do not get the H1b! No lottery please….I know this has been said a million times already, but just wanted to vent out my anxiety.

          1. Genius

            Shutup and see the highlighted text.
            >>> Hence, logically speaking, USCIS would most likely give us an update early next week by April 9th, Monday.

          2. Siva

            Yes. Looks like a typo.. It should be 8th.

            “Hence, logically speaking, USCIS would most likely give us an update early next week by April 9th, Monday.”

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