How Does The H1-B Visa Lottery Work?
When the number of H-1B visa petitions received by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
exceeds the cap for a given fiscal year, a lottery system is used to select which petitions will be processed.
Here is how the H-1B visa lottery works:
First, USCIS will conduct a random selection process for the 20,000 H-1B visas reserved for individuals with a U.S. master's degree or higher.
If an individual's petition is selected, they will be counted toward the 65,000 H-1B visa cap as well
Any petitions not selected in the first round will then be included in the random selection process for the remaining 65,000 visas.
USCIS will notify employers whose petitions are selected in the lottery and instruct
them to submit a complete H-1B visa application for the selected worker.
It's important to note that not all H-1B visa petitions are subject to the lottery.
Certain categories of H-1B workers, such as those employed by institutions of higher education
or certain nonprofit research organizations, are exempt from the cap and are not subject to the lottery.
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