On April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the CIS had received enough H-1B petitions to exhaust the H-1B quota (including the 20,000 for U.S. advance degree holders) for Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014). No new cap-subject H-1B petitions may be filed until next year beginning on April 1, 2014, with a requested H-1B employment start date of October 1, 2014.

Cap-subject H-1B petitions received after April 5, 2013, will be rejected and returned with the CIS filing fees. The CIS will apply a random selection process, or “lottery”, to those petitions received between April 1st and April 5th, inclusive, in order to determine which petitions will be allocated an H-1B number. A “lottery” will be applied first to the Master’s Cap cases. Cases not awarded a Master’s cap exemption from the H-1B quota will then be entered into the “lottery” for an H-1B number under the regular H-1B cap.

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