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Thanks for tuning in, my name is Miatrai Brown, and I am a U.S. immigration attorney based in Washington DC. I am also the Principal Attorney at Direct U.S. Immigration where we work with clients in all 50 states and around the world. Before we start, click the like and subscribe button to follow our immigration hub to get the latest immigration information that could be vital to your case. And also, be sure to stick around until the end to get a bonus tip on increasing your chance of getting an H-1B Visa.
As you may know, the yearly quota for new H-1B visas issued to employees of for-profit companies is 85,000. 65,000 is for the regular bachelor’s degree cap, and the remaining 20,000 is for the U.S. master’s degree cap. The initial filing period ran from April 1 to June 30, 2023. USCIS usually selects more registrations than needed to meet the annual quota to account for cases for which no petition is ultimately filed and cases that are denied, rejected, withdrawn, or revoked.
In the initial FY 2024 lottery, USCIS received 758,994 eligible registrations – a record number of registrations and an increase of 60% over last year’s eligible registration pool. The agency selected 110,791 registrations to meet the annual H-1B quota of 85,000, meaning that registrants had a 14.6% chance of selection, far lower than last year’s 26.9% selection rate.
According to USCIS, 408,891 registrations were submitted this year for individuals who benefited from multiple sponsors submitting cap registrations on their behalf. That high number of multiple registrations for the same beneficiary raised concerns from the agency about potential misuse of the H-1B registration system, which has prompted USCIS to conduct investigations and make criminal referrals to law enforcement in some cases.
Consequently, a second lottery will be drawn. In the second lottery, employers are not required to take any action to be included. USCIS is selecting from among the several hundred thousand H-1B registrations submitted during the March 2023 registration period but were not chosen in the initial lottery drawing. The agency has yet to indicate how many additional selections it will make. However, once the additional H-1B registrations are selected, they will be eligible to submit an H-1B petition for the named beneficiary during the 90 days designated in the H-1B cap selection notice.
How to Determine Whether a Case has been Selected in the Second Drawing
An employer whose registration is newly selected will receive a USCIS email indicating that action has been taken on its case. The employer or its immigration counsel must log into the H-1B cap registration system and print out the selection notice for the case. The notice will inform the employer of the filing deadline and the specific USCIS filing location. The notice must be included when the employer files a complete H-1B cap petition for registration.
So don’t be discouraged if you were not selected in the first lottery. Selection is at random, and although I’ve had submissions selected in the first round, we are waiting on the results of the second lottery for those who were not selected the first time around.
As promised, here’s some bonus information that you may not know about:
- Be Ready to File the Petition ASAP
Since working in the U.S. is a popular goal, the H-1B application window is open only for a short period each year. Be sure to file your submission as soon as possible to avoid technical errors with the lottery process, and if selected, be ready to file the petition as soon as possible with all needed information to mitigate delays in processing.
- 2. Double Check All Information
This one is a no-brainer yet worth mentioning because sometimes we ignore the obvious details when under pressure. Make sure you provide all necessary information and documentation. Make sure the addresses are correct and the forms are signed. Omitting sections or having inaccurate information is grounds for rejection before the case is even processed, or will result in a denial if the case is being processed.
- 3. Invest in an Immigration Attorney
Having the knowledgeable and experience of professional guiding you through the H-1B visa process will make a significant difference in the outcome of your immigration matter. Immigration attorneys are familiar with the process, timelines, and evidence required so that your chances of success are significantly higher.
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