Why should you start planning to get an H-1B visa this season?
H-1B visas are granted to foreign professionals in specialty occupations which typically require a bachelor’s degree or higher. Qualified positions include architectural occupations, positions in chemistry, physics, accounting, data communications, and more. The list of qualified positions is so vast, we can’t name them all so it’s best to consult the USCIS for a comprehensive list.
In past years, the H-1B quota was quickly reached. In fact, last year the window was open for only five days and within that time period, the USCIS received approximately 190,000 petitions! After that remarkable season, many petitioners wondered if petitions submitted on the first day had an equal or greater likelihood of being selected as those on the third, fourth, or fifth. For H1B Visa Process Visit UT Evaluators
As it turns out, all petitions submitted while the window is open have the same chance. However, it’s important to remember that once the quota is reached, the window closes so if you happen to be delayed in submission you will lose your opportunity.
Once the USCIS closes the window, it proceeds to conduct two lotteries: a master’s cap and a regular cap. In the past, the master’s cap was conducted first, then any petitions that were not selected were placed in the regular cap for a second chance.
However, the USCIS has changed things for the 2020 H-1B season. Now, the regular cap is being conducted first, which will include all petitions (including master’s cap petitions). All unselected master’s petitions will be entered into the master’s cap afterward.
This is intended to give preference to master’s cap petitions, as some will inevitably be selected in the regular cap, making the pool for the later master’s cap smaller than it would be if it were conducted first.
(Here’s a sneak peek of the first filing tip in the H-1B visa process)
Tip #1: Get your petition in as soon as the window opens!
As many individuals learned from last year, it’s crucial to submit your petition as soon as the window opens on the first business day in April. Any cap-subject petitions filed before that time will be rejected and so will any petitions sent after the window closes (usually five to seven days after it opens). Check for H1B Visa in Trauma2011
Check out the H-1B Visa 2018 News, Quota, Lottery Predictions Complete Guide. Here you’ll find more details related to the lottery process.