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H1B Visa Cap / Quota for FY 2015. Next filing date is April 1, 2014

H1B Visa Cap / Quota for FY 2015

H1B Visa Cap Quota

USCIS will begin accepting new h1b visa quota based applications on April 1, 2014.

The earliest start work date will be October 1, 2014.

H1B Visa Cap /Quota Exemptions:

The following H-1B visa petitions are not subject to the annual quota:

  • An amended H1B visa petition.
  • An H1B visa Renewal / Extension petition.
  • An H1B visa Transfer petition.
  • The employer is an institution of higher education (College or University).
  • The employer is a nonprofit organization or entity related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education (Hospital affiliated with a University) and the Foreign National Beneficiary (Worker) is enrolled in the jointly managed program.
  • The employer is a nonprofit research organization or a governmental research organization.
  • The Foreign National Beneficiary (Worker) has been previously granted status as an H1B visa nonimmigrant in the past 6 years and not left the U.S. for more than a year after attaining such status.

Here is a summary of past years H1B Visa Quotas and the dates they were filled:

FY 2014 H1B Visa Cap / Quota:

Regular H-1B Visa cap of 65,000 reached on April 5, 2013 (5 days). USCIS page.
US Master Degree H-1B Visa Cap of 20,000 reached on April 5, 2013 (5 days)

FY 2013 H1B Visa Cap / Quota:

Regular H-1B Visa cap of 65,000 reached on June 11, 2012 (72 days).
US Master Degree H-1B Visa Cap of 20,000 reached on June 7, 2012 (68 days).

FY 2012 H1B Visa Cap / Quota:

H-1B Visa cap of 85,000 reached on November 22, 2011 (236 days).

FY 2011 H1B Visa Cap / Quota:

H-1B Visa cap of 85,000 reached on January 26, 2011 (301 days).

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