Last year there were three lottery rounds, so there is a strong likelihood of a second-round and possibly third round again this year. The second round gave newly selected employers from mid-August until mid-November to file petitions.... read more ›
During the H-1B Cap 2020 filing period USCIS received 201,011 H1B petitions (including registrants subject to the advanced degree exemption). In 2018 (fy 2019) 170,098 H1B visa petitions were approved, and 65,000 were allocated for the regular cap, resulting in a less than 38% chance of being selected for H1B visa.... see more ›
USCIS has run two lotteries since the last two years. The split between the two rounds in 2020 (FY 2021) was 85% (lottery 1) and 15% (lottery 2), while it was 75% and 25% respectively in 2021 (FY 2022).... view details ›
USCIS received a whopping 483,927 H1B Registrations for FY 2023 Season ( rounded to 484K for easy calculations). It is crazy to even think of the total number of H1B registrations received by USCIS for FY 2023. This is the highest ever number of H1B registrations received by USCIS in the history of the H1B program.... see details ›
While candidates for the H1B visa are judged based on their credentials, education, and professional experience, every applicant is on even footing in the lottery. The lottery draws from the pool of approved H1B applications randomly, with a general cap and a cap for advanced degree petitions.... see details ›
Since H1B applications are accepted only once a year during the application window, it is important that all steps are followed correctly to avoid issues. In this article, we look specifically at the H-1B visa lottery and its role in the wider visa application process.... see details ›
- Get your application in as quickly as possible. The USCIS accepts applications in April and, believe us, they come in thick and fast. ...
- Only apply once. ...
- Don't pay your own fee. ...
- Make sure your employer is a “good” one.
How Difficult Is It To Get an H1B Visa? H1B visa requirements can be difficult to meet because you must first be hired by a U.S. employer who is willing to sponsor you. Competition for jobs in the United States is fierce, and demand for visas to enter the US grows daily.... read more ›
India. First of all, at the very top of the list of H1B visa holders in the USA, Indians are present in the highest numbers. With that in mind, in the fiscal year of 2017, the total number of beneficiaries was 276,423.... see details ›
Chances of H1B Rejection After Lottery Selection? The chances of H1B approval or denial after lottery selection vary by your employer and the documents submitted. Almost 30% of H-1B applications filed by IT consulting companies like Cognizant, Capgemini are denied by USCIS as per past data.... continue reading ›
Basically, the highest salary within an H1B wage level will grant someone an H1B work visa under the new wage-based selection. The final rule was published in January 2021, and it impacts employers who want to hire foreign workers temporarily or permanently through H1B visas and not only.... see details ›
If you were applying for a Change of Status from an H4 visa to an H1B visa and you were not successful in the lottery process, you do not have many options that will see you allowed to stay or work in America. You can apply to do a degree or postgraduate certificate and apply for a Change of Status to an F1 visa.... see more ›
The H1B nonimmigrant is permitted to stay in the U.S. for a period of 3 years and the period can be extended but it cannot go beyond 6 years. The period of stay can be extended under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act.... see more ›
2nd Round Lottery
This application rate means not all 85,000 allocated H-1B's have been approved (more like 59,000 of these allocated visas have been approved.) When this happens, USCIS necessitates the need for a second-round lottery.... read more ›
While the odds of selection still remain extremely low, there is still a small sliver of hope for those 356,327 registrations that were not previously selected. If 10,000 H1B visas still remain for FY2023 odds of being selected for a second H1B lottery would be around 3% based on my calculations.... continue reading ›