NewsFlash! No H1B Lottery in FY 2012

It has been announced that the USCIS will NOT be holding a lottery of H1B cap-subject cases filed on the final day of filing for fiscal year 2012 (FY12). The cap for FY12 was reached on November 22, 2011. The USCIS typically does not have sufficient cap numbers for all cases filed on the final cap day and, therefore, must select the last cases using a random lottery. This is not the case for FY12.

This is good news for individuals with H1B cases filed on November 22, 2011. Since there will not be a lottery, this means that there are enough cap numbers to apply to all cases filed through November 22, 2011. Of course, simply filing on time does not guarantee approval. Each case filing must contain all required forms and supporting documents demonstrating eligibility for the H1B category.


NewsFlash! H1B Cap Reached for FY12!

Posted 23.Nov.2011

The USCIS has announced that the H1B cap for fiscal year 2012 (FY12) was reached as of November 22, 2011. The final day for cap filings was November 22, 2011. Any cap-subject cases received after November 22, 2011 and before April 1, 2012 will be rejected.

If the USCIS follows the same procedures as in prior years, a lottery will be held to select cases from among those filed on November 22, 2011, the last day of filing. There will likely not be sufficient cap numbers for all of the cases filed on November 22, 2011, thus the USCIS will randomly select from the cases received on the last day to determine which will be given the last of the H1B cap numbers. This ends the FY12 cap filing season, which began April 1, 2011. Filing for cap-subject H1B cases for FY13 will open April 2012.


NewsFlash! H1B Cap Almost Reached for FY12!

Posted 22.Nov.2011

There are very few numbers remaining in the H1B cap for fiscal year 2012 (FY12). The most recent count reflects 61,800 cases filed as of November 18, 2011 against the cap limit of 65,000. Once the H1B cap is reached for this fiscal year, it will be necessary to wait until April 1, 2012 to file cap-subject cases for the FY13 H1B cap.

The USCIS generally holds a lottery consisting of the cases filed on the final day of the H1B cap. This lottery selects the cases filed on the last day that will receive the remaining few cap numbers. The H1B cap count is available on the USCIS WebSite.

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