• It’s Decision Time: Will You Enter the H-1B "Lottery?"
  • April 6, 2015 | Authors: Mary Ellen Jordan; Laurie M. Riley
  • Law Firms: Jones Walker LLP - New Orleans Office ; Jones Walker LLP - Miami Office
  • In recent years, the H-1B cap has been reached in record time. Last year, the cap was reached on April 7, 2014, the first day of the filing period. Indeed, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received over 172,000 applications for the 65,000 available H-1Bs. USCIS randomly selected those that would be processed and returned the other petitions, unopened, to the employers who submitted them. We have no reason to believe that this year will be any different in terms of the cap being reached on or about the first day employers can submit petitions.