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The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has notified people regarding H1B registration lottery results for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Registered agents started receiving notifications on H1B 2023 lottery results on March 25, 2022. On March 29, 2022, USCIS sent out a notice that the selection process is complete and all eligible applicants were notified.
The USCIS believes that they sent enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the 2023 H-1B registration cap. Companies must now submit H1B petition for selected individuals. If not enough H1B petitions are received, the USCIS will do a second round and notify registered applicants of their selection at a later time.
When Was the H1B Registration Period for the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year ?
The registration period for the 2022-2023 H1B Cap Lottery was between March 1, 2022 and noon Eastern time on March 18, 2022. Companies and organizations could register people in the H1B cap lottery during this period.
Did the USCIS Announce the H1B Lottery Results?
Yes, on March 29, 2022, the USCIS officially announced that the H1B registration selection process has been completed. You can check on updates at https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/alerts/fy-2023-h-1b-cap-season-updates. The agency notified all companies about whether a registration was selected.
How Does the USCIS Provide the H1B Lottery Results?
The employer or the attorney can log into the USCIS H1B registration online system. If an individual is chosen in the lottery, the person’s status changes from “Submitted” to “Selected.” The company can click a link next to their name to download their H1B registration confirmation notice. This notice must be submitted with their H1B petition. The company is now eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for any of the individuals selected.
Can An Individual Check their H1B 2023 Lottery Status?
No, there is currently no way for an individual H1B applicant to check whether they were selected in the H1B cap lottery. Individuals must contact the employer who submitted their registration.
The employer or the attorney that submitted your H1B registration will have access to the lottery selection status on the USCIS website.
How Can I Check the H1B Lottery Results?
To check the H1B lottery results, you must login using the USCIS H1B registration lottery system at http://my.uscis.gov. Then select “View Notice” to view the H1B registration lottery selection results. You should print the H1B selection confirmation notice for each selected individual, or save it as a PDF.
The H1B registration selection notice will include the following:
Can I Transfer My H1B Registration Lottery to Another Employer?
No, your H1B registration cannot be transferred to another employer. If your employer files an H1B petition for you and you are selected, you may be able to file another H1B petition for a change of employer.
What Happens if I Am Selected in H1B Registration, but My Employer Does Not File an H1B Petition?
An employer has up to 90 days to file an H1B petition for a person selected in the H1B cap lottery. If the employer does not file a petition within that period, the selection expires.
What Happens to People Who Are Not Selected in the H1B Cap Lottery?
The results for the H1B cap lottery registration are completed at different times. If an individual did not show “Selected” by March 31, 2022, then it is unlikely that this person will be selected in this round.
The USCIS may have another selection round if not enough people submit H1B petition. Anyone registered in the previous rounds but not selected will be included in the pool.
Will the USCIS Will Have Another Round for the 2022-2023 H1B Cap Lottery?
Last year, the USCIS had three different H1B cap lottery rounds. This was highly unusual. There is a strong likelihood that there will be at least one more round of the H1B selection lottery. However, there is no guarantee. A second round would occur at least 90 days after the first round.
What Do I Do If I Am Selected in the 2022-2023 H1B Cap Lottery?
Selection in the H1B cap lottery is just the beginning! If you are selected, and need an attorney, the attorneys and staff at World One Law Group would be happy to assist you in preparing your H1B petition forms, answering your questions, and advising you on your immigration strategy throughout your stay in the United States.
What Can I Do if I Am Not Selected in the H1B Cap Lottery?
You should continue to maintain valid status in the United States if you are not selected in the lottery. This could mean continuing to work on your OPT, filing for a change of status to a visitor, or going back to study as a student. The USCIS may have another selection round in a few months if not enough H1B petitions are filed to complete the 65,000 regular cap cases plus 20,000 master’s cap cases allowed by Congress. You should talk to an immigration attorney to see what other options you may have to be employed in the United States.
Karol Brown is the managing attorney at World One Law Group 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.