April 11, 2014: USCIS Vermont service center started sending emails for petitions picked in the lottery under premium processing. Your lawyer or employer will receive H1B receipt in the email. This email will be sent on the ones picked in the lottery. All the best.
April10th 2014: USCIS received 1,72,500 applications for H1B Visa FY 2015 Quota for both Advanced degree quota and Regular Quota. USCIS finished computer generated random lottey on april 10th 2014. There is increase in 50k+ application from Last year.
USCIS will start sending premium processing mails from tomorrow. MSinUS will keep updating about FY 2015 Quota.
April 7th 2014 - New Update: USCIS Has announced H1B FY 2015 Cap is reached in both Regular and Advanced degree Categories.
H1B Visa Lottery is expected again in 2014 H1B Quota. This article talks about – When will USCIS do H1B Lottery? Specific topics related to H1B regular processing random lottery and Masters Quota lottery in year 2014.
H1B Lottery FY 2015 Quota: Cap ReachedH1B 2014 Lottery system procedure and details explained here. This page will have live updates about H1B Visa lottery 2014.
Here is text from USCIS Announcement.
Before running a random selection process, USCIS will complete initial intake for all filings received during the filing period which ended today. Due to the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the date on which it will conduct the random selection process.
A computer-generated process will randomly select the number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption. USCIS will reject and return filing fees for all cap-subject petitions that are not selected, unless found to be a duplicate filing.
The agency will conduct the selection process for the advanced degree exemption first. All advanced degree petitions not selected will become part of the random selection process for the 65,000 limit.
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 2015 H-1B cap. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions filed to:
- Extend the amount of time a current H-1B worker may remain in the United States;
- 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 program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering and computer programming.
When will USCIS do the Lottery?USCIS accepts H1B petitions till the end of first week of April. Lottery will be taken over weekend. In 2013 USCIS conducted lottery on Sunday April 7th. Based on previous records of H1B lottery it is expected that USCIS will conduct lottery on Sunday April 6th, 2014.
When do I come to know lottery Result?Law firms receive lottery results for H1B 2014 starting from April 8th or 9th of 2014. Physical H1B notices will be sent starting from April 10th.
USCIS issues H1B receipts for Premium processing applicants who selected in the lottery by April 25th and for Regular processing applicants till end of May 2014.
Your employer comes to know the lottery decision by looking at the check deduction for Visa fee. If check is deducted means you are selected in the lottery.