April 8, 2014
As of April 1, 2014, USCIS began accepting petitions for H-1B visas. On April 7, 2014, they announced that they had reached the number of applicants needed to reach the cap for both the 65,000 cap and the 20,000 advanced degree cap.
USCIS will use a random selection process to select petitions for authorization. Those petitions received after April 7 or not selected in the random selection process will be rejected and returned (along with applicable filing fees) to the petitioner unprocessed.
If you qualify for a STEM Extension, it is recommended that you apply for the STEM Extension. For information on eligibility and how to apply for a STEM Extension, click here.
For more information on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa recent release, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/news/uscis-reaches-fy-2015-h-1b-cap