H1 B Visa - Are the Lottery Days Back ?

This year saw a sudden spurt in the H1B fillings and the H1 B cap got filled on 11th June 2012 comparing to November 22  in the previous year and Jan 26 for the year before. So it took just close to 2 months in reaching the cap comparing to 8 months and 10 months in the previous years.

H1B Cap Numbers
Date H1B Cap Reached

H1B 2003 (FY 2004 cap)  
October 1, 2003

H1B 2004 (FY 2005 cap) 
October 1, 2004

H1B 2005 (FY 2006 cap) 
August 10, 2005

H1B 2006 (FY 2007 cap) 
May 26, 2006

H1B 2007 (FY 2008 cap) 
April 3, 2007

H1B 2008 (FY 2009 cap)   
April 7, 2008

H1B 2009 (FY 2010 cap) 
December 21, 2009 

H1B 2010 (FY 2011 cap)   
January 26, 2011

H1B 2011 (FY 2012 cap)
November 22, 2011

H1B 2012 (FY 2013 cap)85,000June 11, 2012

This is the first time after 2008 that the cap reached so soon. No wonder that we will have a lottery next year. 

Lottery occur if the cap is reached after few days ( 2-3 ) as soon as the H1 window is opened. So USCIS will conduct a random selection from the received petitions.

H1B FY 2014 -

The H1B visa cap is also more commonly termed as the "H1B visa quota". H1B visas will open on April 2013  and will be under the FY 2014 H1B Cap system. Foreign nationals issued H1B FY 2014 visas can start work in the US after Oct 1 2013. 

The H1B Cap-Subject Visa system is split down further into 2 groups.
- there is the Regular Cap, and
- there is also the ADE Cap

In 2013 there should be 85,000 cap subject H1B visas available to be issued.
- 65,000 cap subject visas to be  available for the Regular Cap
- 20,000 cap subject visas to be  available for the ADE Cap

The Regular H1B Cap is available to those living abroad that want to obtain their first H1B visa, and to those in the US that want to change their current visa status to H1B visa status

The ADE Cap (Advanced Degree Exemption) is available to those that graduate from a US universty/college with an Masters level or higher level degree.