U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After April 5th, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption.

All cases received by the USCIS by April 5, 2013 will be eligible for the H-1B visa “lottery."  The lottery will be held to determine which of the applications received by April 5th will be considered, while all other applications will be rejected.