H1B Lottery Results 2019 – 20
Lottery process for H1B 2020 season is over and USCIS is now returning the packets for un-selected applications. Your H1B filing fees including Premium processing fees will be refunded.
I strongly suggest to upgrade to premium processing if you want to tsrat working on H1B by Oct 1. You will earn more than what you will spend on Premium fees if you come early to US. Simple.
If you have not received your H1B receipt number by now, you can assume that your application was not selected.
H1B change of status premium lottery cases would have either received approval or RFE by June 4th.
USCIS may transfer cases from California service center to Vermont or Nebraska to speed up case approvals. You will receive a separate transfer notice.
You can track your H1B approval processing time if your application has been selected.
F1 Students in OPT or STEM- If your H1B has been selected in Lottery, your OPT end date in SEVIS will be extended or updated to Sep 30. You can see this change in SEVIS yourself as a cap gap student.
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H1B applications will always receive result within 15 calendar days if filed with premium processing. H1B regular applications selected in lottery can take between 3 months to 1 year for approvals.
Upgrading your H1B lottery application to premium has same chances of getting RFE as any regular H1B application. Premium does not increase denial chances either.
You can start working on Oct 1 if your H1B application has been approved after lottery selection.
The chances of H1B approval or denial after lottery selection vary by your employer and the documents submitted. Almost 30% H-1B applications filed by IT consulting companies like Cognizant, Capgemini are denied by USCIS as per last year’s data.
Steps After H1B lottery Timeline
- Apr 15 to June 4 – Expect H1B premium lottery selection Email. USCIS status: Case Was Received and A Receipt Notice Was Emailed
- Apr 22 to June 30 – Expect H1B regular Lottery selection Paper Receipt USPS mail. USCIS status: Case Was Received
- June 20 Onward – H1B Consular Processing Regular Application can file Premium Upgrade
- May 20 to June 4 – H1B Premium Approvals without any RFE. USCIS status: Case Was Approved And My Decision Was Emailed
- May 20 onward – H1B Premium RFEs (if any). USCIS status: Request for Additional Evidence Notice was mailed.
- June 1 Onward – H1B regular application approvals. USCIS status: Case Was Approved or Decision Notice Mailed
- June 4 Onward – H1B regular application RFEs (If any). USCIS status: Request for Additional Evidence Notice was mailed.
- Oct 1 – First date for H1B work start if approved
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% H-1B applications filed by IT consulting companies like Cognizant, Capgemini are denied by USCIS as per last year’s data.
H1B Approval Receive Date After Lottery
H1B premium cases will start receiving their H1B approvals starting May 20, 2019.
H1B regular applications will start receiving H1B approvals starting June 2019 end.
What Next after H-1b approval?
Once you see the H1B receipt status as “Case was approved” on USCIS website, your employer will receive an approval from USCIS called i797A within 7-21 days.
There are two possibilities if your H1B has been approved after lottery selection:
#1 H1B CHANGE OF STATUS
This means that you are already in US on some other visa like F1 or H4 or any other and you filed to change your visa type with H1B approval.
Your US status will automatically change on Oct 1 as this is usually the first date that you can start working on H1B.
You should get a NEW i94 with status mentioned as ‘H1B’ and a new i94 validity date. There is NO need to get H1B visa stamp if you do not plan to travel outside USA at this time.
#2 H1B CONSULAR PROCESSING
Consular processing means that you get H1B visa stamp in your passport by visiting US embassy. It is for people who are outside USA or have explicitly opted to go out of US if currently in USA.
You need H1B i797A form in original along with other supporting H1B documents to apply for visa stamp in US embassy.
Note that you will need to fill form DS-160 and schedule an appointment with US embassy for H1B interview. You can also file H4 visa for your dependents along with your H1B visa stamp.
Once you get this H1B visa stamp, you and your H4 dependents can travel anytime from the validity start date to US and start working in US.
H1B RFE – Request for Evidence
It is possible that your H1B receives a USCIS RFE after lottery selection. Request for Evidence is normal with Specialty occupation as the topmost reason of RFE.
If you are working for a IT consulting company, you can expect to receive an RFE to prove employer employee relationship.
USCIS gives 60 days to respond to RFE. Once RFE documents are submitted, the average RFE response time is 90+ days for regular applications.
H1B premium applications receive result within 15 days of RFE submission.
You can also receive a second RFE if the documents submitted by your employer are not sufficient or are missing something that USCIS asked in first RFE.
Life in USA after H1B approval
Once you enter USA and start working on H1B for first time, you will need to complete many formalities to start your US financial life.
I have listed the steps that you should take to kick start your H1B journey from opening back account, applying W7 ITIN tax form for your dependents, Applying US driving License to understanding US green card process.
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