U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on April 7, 2014 that the FY2015 H-1B cap and Masters cap have been reached. USCIS indicated it received approximately 172,500 petitions for the 65,000 H-1B slots and 20,000 Masters slots available for FY 2015. As such, a computer generated random selection, or lottery process, was completed on April 10.
Petitions and their accompanying filing fees that were not selected under the lottery will be rejected and returned. Masters cap petitions not selected for the 20,000 slots were placed in the lottery for the H-1B cap.
Although the FY 2015 cap has been met, USCIS will continue to be accepting petitions that are exempt from the cap. These petitions fall into one of the following categories:
- Petitions filed for individuals who have previously been counted against the cap;
- Petitions filed to extend the amount of time current H-1B holders can stay in the U.S.;
- Petitions to change the terms of employment for current H-1B holders;
- Petitions to allow current H-1B holders to change employers;
- Petitions to allow current H-1B holders to work simultaneously in an additional H-1B position.