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Today is first day of h-1b cap lottery for 2020

Posted by Karol Brown | Apr 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

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.

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