The H1B Quota increase is part of the Comprehensive Immigration Bill introduced by a bipartisan group of senators, during mid April. As the discussions on the comprehensive immigration bill are progressing in the senate, we are not yet sure when the immigration bill will be passed. The Immigration Bill if passed before October 1st 2013, would allow the h1b quota to increase according to the CIR and fill the extra cap.
H1B Quota Increase CIR
The comprehensive immigration bill which is currently being reviewed contains a provision to increase the H-1B quota from 65,000 to 110,000; also amending the current exemption for U.S. advanced STEM degree holders from 20,000 to 25,000.
The immigration reform draft also mentions that the cap can go as high as 180,000; with a maximum of 10,000 increase each year. The cap could increase or decrease each year based on considerable factors like unemployment rate and h1b quota used.
H1B Visa 2014 Lottery
H1B Visa 2014 cap has reached within the first week this year, and a lottery was held early April to select 65,000 regular processing petitions and 20,000 advanced degree petitions amongst the 124,000 petitions received by the USCIS. The lottery process left 39,000 petitions not being selected in the lottery.
H1B Visa 2014 Quota vs. Comprehensive Immigration Reform?
There is a clause in the (Comprehensive Immigration Bill) CIR bill that if the bill gets passed before October 1st 2013, the H1B Quota which closed early April 2013 would reopen to fill the extra 45,000 regular cap visas and 5,0000 master’s (advanced degree) cap visas.