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H1B 2020 Lottery Completed, Received 201,011 Petitions
« on: April 13, 2019, 10:25:24 PM »
H1B Visa News by Kumar 4/13/2019

USCIS announced today, April 11th, 2019 that they completed H1B visa Lottery for 2020 quota. Below is the summary of the press release.
Summary of USCIS Press release on H1B 2020 Lottery Completion :

    H1B 2020 Lottery Completed :
        USCIS mentioned that they have conducted H1B lottery on April 10th .
        They have received 201,011 petitions for FY 2020 Quota
        They used a computer-generated random algorithm, which is popularly known as H1B Lottery, to select the petitions for FY 2020 quota.
        Based on history we see that they used to do lottery on April 11th, this time it is one day early…
    H1B Lottery Process for FY 2020 :
        USCIS confirmed that they used the New H1B Lottery Order for FY 2020, where first they conducted lottery for regular cap considering all received petitions to meet 65,000 quota and then conducted lottery to meet masters cap of 20,000 from the unselected US Master’s petitions from the first lottery pool. This is different order from all the previous years. This new order is based on the New H1B registration Rule that will be fully effective from FY 2021 season.
    Masters Cap Reached :
         USCIS announced that they have received enough petitions for Masters cap and they conducted lottery for the same. There was some confusion this year, when USCIS announced that they reached Regula Quota Cap for FY 2020 and not talking about Masters cap.
    Split of H1B Numbers :
        This year, they are yet to give the split of the numbers on their H1B 2020 Page for regular cap and masters cap, we have not seen it updated. In the previous years, it was updated after the release of the press note. Hope to see that updated.
    Accept H1B Cap Exempt Petitions :

    USCIS mentioned that they will continue to accept petitions that are exempt from the cap that fall under the below categories such as
        H1B Extensions
        H1B Transfers
        H1B Amendments
        H1B Concurrent filings

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