Each year, tens of thousands of skilled immigrants petition for the highly sought-after H-1B visa, which is available to those who have a bachelor’s degree or higher along with a specialty job that requires that degree.
Due to the fact that so many people petition each year, the USCIS placed an annual limit on the number of H-1B visas issued and conducts an annual lottery to randomly select the petitions that go onto processing. For H1B Visa Process Visit UT Evaluators.
With April 1st right around the corner, we’re coming up fast on 2019-2020 H1B lottery window. However, there are some changes that you can expect and should be aware of before filing. This year is shaping up to be very different from years prior. Let’s get into our H-1B 2020 lottery predictions.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has posted a final rule (on 01/30/2019) amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the master’s degree exemption. It reverses the order by which the USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the master’s cap (advanced degree exemption).
The premium processing suspension ended on January 28, 2019. This means that premium processing will only be available to H-1B petitions filed for the FY 2019 cap. There is no announcement regarding premium processing for the 2020 cap so far except that the suspension will continue for all H-1B petitions except those for the 2019 season.To know more info on H1B Visa check Inlnk
4/8/19 UPDATE: The USCIS has announced that they have received enough H-1B petitions to fill the cap for 2020. The lottery will now be conducted as per the new changes, with the master’s cap being performed after the regular cap. We expect that the USCIS will provide more details (on the number of petitions received for both cap lotteries) within the next week, so check back here regularly to get the latest info as soon as it is released.