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By Atty. Daniel Hanlon


WITH the US House of Representatives showing zero initiative towards overhauling the nation’s immigrations laws, it appears that H-1B visas for FY 2015 will run out on April 1, 2014, six months before the fiscal year even begins. Last year, the annual H-1B quota (“H-1B Cap”) was reached within the first week of the filing period, which began on April 1, 2013.   On April 7, 2013, the USCIS employed a computer-generated “lottery process” to select enough petitions needed to meet the regular H-1B cap of 65,000 and the 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption or “Master’s Cap.”  Notwithstanding the obvious signals to the US Congress that the current H-1B quota is grossly inadequate to meet the US economy’s need for specialty workers, the House of Representatives has done nothing to improve the situation for  talent-starved companies in the US, setting the stage for another “H-1B lottery” in 2014.

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