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US – H-1B visas to be distributed via lottery

April 08 2013

Staffing users may not get the H-1B visas they want this year as more petitions for H-1B visas have been received than are slots available. As a result, the available H-1B slots will be distributed by lottery.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Friday it is no longer accepting H-1B visa petitions, as the number of petitions received already reached the cap of 65,000 for the upcoming federal fiscal year. The agency also reached the cap for 20,000 further H-1B petitions under the advanced degree exemption.

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=5051f359827dd310VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=e7801c2c9be44210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

The agency had earlier announced it anticipated reaching the cap and using a lottery system for the first time since 2008 to allocate H-1B visas.

http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Publications/CWS-3.0/March-20-2013/Firms-Seeking-H-1Bs-Could-Be-Out-of-Luck

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