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Much anticipated H1B rules for pre-registration is out!

This morning, DHS released new H1b rules for pre-registration. I am reading the rules and will give you a summary shortly. In the meantime, here is USCIS’s email notice that just arrived: Copied from USCIS notice: DHS Proposes Merit-Based Rule for More Effective and Efficient H-1B Visa Program WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced[…]

USCIS received 233,000 H1b visa petitions

Today, USCIS announced that they received 233,000 petitions for fiscal year 2016.  The random selection process will begin soon.  See below copy of USCIS notice. If you have filed a petition, we wish you all the best in ‘winning the lottery’!   U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2015 that it[…]

H1b FY 2015 Cap Met- Random Selection Coming Soon- no date yet.

USCIS announced today that the quota has been met and a random selection process to be held soon.  However, we are not told the date on which the random selection (also known as the lottery!) will be held. We also do not have information about the total number of petitions received yet. We will keep[…]

Wondering when you will see your FY 2014 H1b receipt if you ‘won’ the lottery?

On April 7th 2013, USCIS conducted a computer generated random selection of all the FY 2014 H1b petitions they received.  They first conducted the random selection of all the Master’s category petitions (20,000).  The petitions that were not selected were then entered in the regular pool which was in turn subject to the same random[…]

H1b FY 2014 cap met- now what?

The USCIS announced on April 5th 2013 that the annual quota for H1bs had been met. In 5 days, 85,000 visa (65,000 for bachelor’s degree holders and 20,000 for master’s) were all gone!  The USCIS did send a warning the week before that this was a possibility. (In 2007, visas were exhausted in one day).[…]