Each year, the United States allocates 65,000 H1B visas for individuals with a bachelor’s degree and an additional 20,000 H1B visas for those who possess a master’s degree or higher from an accredited and public or other nonprofit U.S. institution of higher education. Notably, certain categories are exempt from the H1B cap, enabling applications at any time. These include many institutions of higher education, research institutions, major teaching hospitals etc.
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Amongst those who can enter the H-1B lottery are:
• Recent university graduates employed in F-1 OPT status.
• People on H-4 visas
Commencing March 2024, USCIS will begin a preregistration selection process for the H-1B lottery. People who wish to enter should start preparing now, January 2024.
1. Early March: H-1B lottery registrations will be filed through the USCIS online portal during the designated March filing period, yet to be announced. It’s usually in early March.
2. March 31 – Lottery Selection: USCIS conducts a random lottery based on all electronic registrations.
3. April 1 – June 30 – 90-day window to submit full H-1B petitions for those selected in the lottery.
Applicants with a U.S. Master’s Degree have a better chance of being selected as they can be selected first with the regular cap lottery, and then again with the separate advanced degree cap lottery.
If selected in the lottery, filing the H-1B petition before OPT expiration extends work authorization through September 30th as a result of the “cap-gap” provisions (if H-1B is approved).
Applicants must complete all requirements for their qualifying degrees by the petition filing date.
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