H-1B Cap Reached for FY 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Coonan on Monday, April 8, 2013

United States Citizenship and  Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced that the numerical limitations have been reached for FY 2014. This means that all H-1B Petitions for Nonimmigrant Workers received between April 1 and April 5 will be placed in a lottery. Only 65,000 visa slots are available for H-1B highly skilled workers. USCIS also received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the 20,000 United States advanced degree worker exemption. USCIS has announced that it will no longer accept cap-subject petitions for FY 2014. Any employer attempting to hire a highly skilled foreign worker in a specialty occupation under the H-1B classification will need to wait until April 1, 2014 to petition for approval. The lottery system has not been used since 2008. If you have questions about the H-1B visa or hiring highly skilled foreign workers, please contact Beth Coonan at coonan@brownwinick.com (515) 242-2408 or the BrownWinick attorney with whom you work.