April 16, 2014 – On April 10, 2014 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a computer lottery of the more than 172,500 petitions it had received to fulfil its H-1B quota for the fiscal year (FY) 2015. The annual H-1B quota is 20,000 in the ‘advanced (US) degree exemption’ category and another 65,000 in the ‘general’ category. The lottery was conducted in two parts, with petitions in the ‘advanced degree exemption’ category being selected first. All ‘advanced degree exemption’ petitions not selected to fill that quota were then included in the lottery for the ‘general’ category.
Current H-1B workers who have filed petitions and who have previously been counted against the cap will not be counted towards the cap for FY 2015. USCIS will continue to accept petitions from H-1B workers to:
• extend the amount of time they may remain in the United States
• change the terms of their employment
• change their employers
• permit current H-1B workers to work in a second H-1B position
In addition, USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for FY 2015.
Green and Spiegel prides itself on assisting companies in finding alternative visa solutions whenever possible for workers not selected in the H-1B lottery.
For further information, please contact Jonathan Grode