Will H1B Quota Increase this year?

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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.

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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.

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  • TEst

    gud news

  • Sunny

    I fall under Advanced Degree quota and my employer applied for premium processing, my lawyer haven’t received the receipt yet.

    Is lottery done?? or we can still expect receipts??

    My OPT expires in Novemeber 2013. I am in search of accredited universities, which offers full time CPT(computer science),

    so that I can continue working related to my field of study. Any ideas of universities.

    Time is running out, have to enroll for Fall2013

    • Kittu

      I know about the univ you are looking for! Call me @925-519-9792.

      • ashish

        Is it ok if call you now or you want me to call u at particular time

        • Kittu

          You can call me in the evening after 6PM

          • Moh

            can you guys share the name of the uni

    • ashish

      I am in a very similar condition if you please find a college or university which would give cpt right away please share.

      • Kittu

        Call me, you can get my number in the below post!

    • akhil

      According to normal USCIS data entry and processing standards we should wait until May 2nd or 3rd week for USCIS to return rejected applications back to us until then we just have to wait ours might be last

    • Navdeep

      I am also still waiting on my receipt…….Advanced Degree and Premium. Can we still expect receipt??

    • kumar

      I am in the similar condition like you..My OPT is going to expired in june 2014. and also have used 17 months of OPT extension. Am I eligible to do CPT? appreciate your help. Thank you

  • SN

    “if the bill gets passed before October 1st 2013, the H1B Quota which closed early April 2013 would reopen”. By this, does it mean that new applications would be accepted this year or the quota would be extended to the other submitted petitions or a combination of both? This is great news, overall!!!

  • VP

    So if a person is on Stem Extension which expires in June and this bill is passed there after.
    What is that person supposed to do? Is there a way that he can come back ? Because technically he was not in the country when his application is under process which accounts to Abandonment.
    Also he cannot live/work in this country once his EAD has expired.
    What can be done in this regard.

  • Spock

    Does someone know if the USCIS is still processing the rejected petitions from the lottery or are they generating the receipts?

  • Jad

    Hi,

    “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”

    Can someone indicate which clause this is? I have looked through the bill but can’t find anything to corroborate this statement

    • Spock

      I’ve found the following text in the CIR Bill:
      ” (d) EFFECTIVE DATE AND APPLICATION.—The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the first day of the first fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act and apply to applications for nonimmigrant visas under section 101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)) for such fiscal year.”

      I guess, it means if the bills gets passed before Oct 1st 2013, “the first fiscal year beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act” is the fiscal year 2014. Does it sound reasonable?

  • oregon111

    the only thing this visa is used for is to fire americans and force the fired americans to TRAIN Indians who have no programming skills. The politicians are puppets of big corporations

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