• H1B Visa Lottery FY 2015 - Over 200k Petitions Predicted

    H1B Visa Lottery System for FY 2015 Quota Predictions, Updates.

    H1B Visa Lottery: 200k petitions predicted

    USCIS opening gates for H1B visas on April 1st 2014 for FY 2015 Quota. MSinUS.com predicting over 200,000+ applications in the first 4 days (between April 1st 2014 - April 4th 2014 Friday).

    This will be the biggest number of USCIS H1B Quota history. Factors contributing to huge number of H1B petition in the history -

    1. Many candidates did not get selected in the last year's lottery.
    2. High number of students graduating from US Universities and seeking for H1B visa.
    3. Employees with expiring OPT
    4. H4 to H1B conversions
    5. People applying for H1B visas from India and Other countries.

    H1B Visa Lottery history in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013

    Fiscal Year (FY) Petitions accepted till Number of Applications Received Visas Available Number of People who Missed the Lottery
    2015 Expected to reach on April 1st 2014 200,000 applications expected 85,000 Over 115,000
    2014 April 5th 2013 1,24,000 85,000 39,000
    2010, 2011, 2012 - No lottery - - No lottery - 85,000 Every petition considered
    2009 April 9th 2008 163,000 85,000 78,000
    2008 April 2nd 2007 119,193 85,000 34193

    Total number of H1B Visas available in year is 85,000. Out of 85k, 20,000 visas are reserved for advanced degree(Masters and above) candidates, 65000 belongs to Regular Quota.

    Approval Chance in H1B FY 2015 Quota

    Since 200,000 petition are expected and availability of H1B visas is 85,000 the chance of approval would be
    (85000/200000)*100 = 42.5
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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. san jay's Avatar
      san jay -
      If a person with Masters degree does not get selected through Masters quota. Can he apply through Regular Quota?
    1. H1B_Guru's Avatar
      H1B_Guru -
      Yes, One can apply though regular quota.
    1. Stan's Avatar
      Stan -
      Yes, It will work like:
      Masters degree (20k q) --> lose --> Switching to Regular Q (85k) --> ...
    1. Pragya163's Avatar
      Pragya163 -
      If you file under master's quota then first you will be selected from the pool of 20000 applicants and god forbid not selected within that pool will be rolled to the general quota of 65000. If you see as a master's candidate you have double the chance than others without an advanced degree. All the best!! I am floating in the same boat too. What day has come? our future is based on some stupid random selection done by a computer system.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by san jay View Post
      If a person with Masters degree does not get selected through Masters quota. Can he apply through Regular Quota?
      If a person with Masters degree does not get selected through Masters quota, then he/she is automatically entered into the Regular Quota lucky draw.

      Thanks Suresh V
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by san jay View Post
      If a person with Masters degree does not get selected through Masters quota. Can he apply through Regular Quota?
      Yes, Sanjay if they dont get selected for Masters quota they automatically qualify for regular one.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Hello. I have a doubt. What are the chances of getting the H1B Visa being approved after going to the regular quota? My dream was to study abroad and i'm almost there. After spending so much, dont want to come back without repaying the loan. That would be devastating.
      Is it possible to apply for jobs in other countries like australia/UK if this happens?
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