“USCIS Announces H-1B Lottery”

4/9/2013
Council in the News

​​​Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 04/08/2013 – 

“For the first time since 2008, a computer-generated lottery process was used to decide which H-1B visa cases get a green light.

“...The agency received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.

“On April 7, 2013, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection lottery to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit.

“…‘The cap being hit so quickly could mean good things for economic recovery, but, at the same time, it means many employers will not be able to hire the employees they need to keep innovating and growing their organizations and keep the recovery going,’ said Justin Storch, manager of agency liaison at the American Council on International Personnel, a strategic partner of the Society for Human Resource Management.

“‘Since there’s now a lottery, this means that each organization has no guarantee that they will get any H-1B visas this year, even if they are looking to bring one of their most vital, highly sought-after foreign nationals into the U.S. economy,” Storch told SHRM Online. ‘It’s completely up to chance as to which people they will be able to hire and which people they have to turn away.’

“The rush on H-1Bs this year may be a sign of an improving economy, but it’s also a reminder that the demand for highly skilled workers far exceeds the supply of available visas.”

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