Today, April 1 2019, is the first day of the new H-1B cap season. Unfortunately, we expect that all H-1B visas for the entire year will be gone by April 5, 2019. Congress authorized only 65,000 H-1B visas for the entire country for the entire year. For those with a master's or higher degree from an American university, there are an additional 20,000 visas available.
Last year, applicants that filed within this narrow 5 day window had about a 40% chance of being selected for an H-1B visa. This year, we expect there to be about the same chance for a visa.
If you filed a petition for H-1B status in this year's cap lottery, we anticipate to get a notification from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services that your case was accepted or rejected by June or July. If you are accepted, the earliest you could start working on H-1B visa status is October 1, 2019.
This blog is published by the attorneys of World One Law Group, an immigration law firm in Bellevue, Washington. World One specializes in employment and business immigration, family-based immigration, naturalization, as well as asylum, DACA, VAWA, and U-Visa cases.