H1B VISA 2015 – The Race Begins Today!

H-1B Visa 2015 Applications are officially being accepted from today by the USCIS. The applications are for the Fiscal Year 2015, which starts from October 1st 2014 and ends September 30th 2015.


According to the predictions by the USCIS, huge number of applications is expected to arrive with in the first 5 days from today and it is definite that there would be a lottery this fiscal year, just like how the lottery was held for the Fiscal Year 2014. For those who plan to file for H-1B during this fiscal year, it is time to file them as soon as possible within the first 5 days of April 2014.

Check the post on USCIS Update regarding H-1B Petition Acceptance and Premium Processing Dates

H1B Visa 2015 – Premium Processing

USCIS mentions applicants can file under premium processing starting April 1st 2014.  Although, premium processing at the USCIS will start no later than April 28th 2014. So, if you are filing your H-1B application under premium processing you may likely not hear from the USCIS in April 2014.


The current H-1B Visa Cap is 65,000 visa cap each year, with an additional of 20,000 visas dedicated for master’s category applicants.

Check out the H1B Visa 2015 Q&A to learn about the process and procedure.

 H1BWiki will provide the visitors regular updates on the H-1B Visa Cap and predictions.

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  • Jay

    when do we know how many applications have been received by USICS?

    • ashu

      Same Ques I wanted to ask ,,,,

    • Guru

      Dont knw :( looking for same information.

      • Vam

        April 8 or 9

  • Srk

    is there any deadline to submit LCA by the employer? is it mandatory? it has to be filed along with the Petition or can it be done later ?

    • Monica

      Yes it is mandatory. You have to file the petition along with the LCA.

  • Sireesh Yarlagadda

    Once they feel like – they have reached the applicant’s good enough. They will stop receiving applications further.

    Probably around : Apr 8th or so

    • Name

      Thanks ..,, It’s helpful

  • NareshJ

    My employer said my application is received on March 31st, will the USCIS accept petitions received on March 31st ? In few blogs its said that USCIS will reject the applications received before April 1st, In that case what will happen to my application ?

    • Sreeraj K

      I think USCIS will discard all applications that they received before April 1st.

    • nimesh patel

      before 1st april they will reject applications, your employer can try sending your application again in one day priority mail before 5th april

  • fgfg

    are you sure we will come to know on 8th if its approved? can we check it online

    • KS

      It takes longer to get to know if your application got picked in the lottery (if there is one).

      First they inform the people who applied in PP then others. The notification part will only start after the lottery is done so presuming they receive a lot of applications and they finish the lottery by the end of mid-next week. You should start hearing about people getting the notifications after the 9th/10th.

      It normally takes around 30 days before you can presume that your application was not picked.

  • Keerthi Priya

    How do we get to know, whether our application is approved or rejected for H1B… If yes or no.. how can we check???

    • KS

      The only way you will get to know is when your lawyer gets the mail/notification from USCIS. No other way.

      Last year USCIS had selected the applications that they received within the first 5 days for the lottery. The result of the lottery was sent out in the subsequent week. I got to know about my application on Thursday of the next week. So keep your fingers crossed.

      Source: I was in the lottery last year (got picked).

  • v

    any news on how many applications were received till date?

  • Victor Huskar

    Hi , I”m a civil engineer (3 yrs exp) looking for H1B in California (or any where ) , for information please send me on saleleom@live.com

  • Ragav
  • vineela

    “USCIS received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 10, 2014, USCIS completed a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. For cap-subject petitions not randomly selected, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing.”

  • Ram

    today employer informed me about my h1 lottery pick AD/regular processing.
    Thanks guys all the best.