Update 29 Mar 2020: USCIS has completed the H1B registration lottery and will send the notifications by Mar 31, 2020 end of the day.
Only selected candidates will receive the email from USCIS. The status will keep showing as ‘Submitted’ until the end of Sep 30, 2020, as you can get a second chance.
The application selected in the lottery will be marked ‘Selected’ and will be required to submit paperwork for further analysis.
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H1B Lottery System in April 2020
|H1B Lottery Dates||USCIS Action|
|Mar 1||Registration opens at 12 PM ET|
|Mar 20||Registration closes at 12 PM ET|
|Mar 31||USCIS notifies lottery selected candidates|
|Apr 1||H1B documents can be filed|
We have listed 7 Steps to H1B and its Chances of H1B Rejection, Approval.
In April 2019, the USCIS lottery selection process was completed on Apr 11, 2019, with 201,011 H-1B petitions including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption.
You can submit multiple registration for same H1B worker as long as the end job is different.
LCA is not required for H1B registration in lottery process.
USCIS will complete the first round of lottery process by Mar 31, 2020.
There are chances of major job losses due to Coronavirus recession. If your company or client closes project before your H1B approval, you may lose your h1B chance.
Client letter is not required for H1B registration.
You should be able to file H1B transfer without even joining the first employer.
We strongly recommend to join the first employer in order to get your H1B counted against the cap.
Legally, you can file transfer but chances of approval are 50-50.
The earliest date for H1B job is Oct 1 after approval.
It is expected that there will be delays in H1B approvals due to coronavirus closures everywhere in the USA.
H1B Lottery Favors US Master Degree in April 2020
The new way of running lottery would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 percent (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B with a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education.
USCIS has reversed the order of lottery draw:
- First run the lottery for 65K from the entire pool of H1B applications and then run it for 20k US degree holders.
- Then, those applicants with advanced degrees that did not get selected in the first round would move into a second round, where 20k additional visas would be awarded.
Indian Masters Degree H1B Lottery
H1B applicants, who are primarily from India and China should be aware of this change in H-1B cap rule system which would potentially reduce chances of selection for people with non-“U.S.” Master or Higher Degrees in FY 2020 cap season.
As per QZ analysis, new proposed H1B Lottery does favor US masters degree holders. The effect has been tested on last couple of years H1B lottery too.
This proposed system will further reduce the chances of Bachelor degree holders for a selection in lottery.
|Year / Chances of Selection in H1B Lottery||US Masters degree holders||Others (Like India / China Degree holders)|
|2018||51% (current system) → 55% (proposed system)||38% → 34%|
|2017||41% → 43%||30% → 28%|
|2016||42% → 45%||31% → 28%|
|2015||56% → 61%||43% → 38%|
|2014||74% → 84%||63% → 52%|
Source: Federal Register