Update: H-1B Cap Cases

Update: H-1B Cap Cases
March 20, 2015

Thanks to early client communication, careful organization and hard work by Immigration Law Group’s dedicated staff, “cap season” has been hectic but organized.  However, with only 7 business days until April, ILG is unable to accept more cap cases after today, 3/20/15.  ILG is shifting its focus from initiation and preparation, to preparation and filing.


Reminders & Facts:


  1. The cap on new H-1Bs is 20,000 for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, plus 65,000 for all other beneficiaries.
  2. USCIS will conduct a random selection process for all cases received during the first 5 business days of April to determine which cases will be adjudicated and which cases will be returned. A case received by USCIS on April 1st has the same chance of being selected for processing as a case received on April 7th (5th business day of April).
  3. Cases for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher will go through a random selection process for one of the 20,000 H-1Bs set aside for advanced U.S. degree holders, and if not selected, will be entered into the general pool for one of the 65,000 H-1Bs.
  4. USCIS adjusts its premium processing practice due to the surge in demand for PP service. This year, USCIS will only commit to PP H-1B cap-subject petitions no later than May 11, 2015.  As such, even with PP, clients may not know whether their case is selected for processing until 5/11/15 (or even a few days after).