USCIS update

On March 27, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) achieved a significant milestone by reaching the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 H-1B visa cap, including the master’s cap. The lottery process has now concluded, and it’s time to look at what lies ahead for those selected.

FY 2025 H1B visa Lottery

Lottery Selection and Notifications

USCIS completed the random selection for the H-1B visa lottery and has notified all selected registrants via their online accounts. Those who have been selected are now eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in their selection. Registrant accounts have been updated to reflect one of the following statuses:

  1. Submitted: Registrations that are still in contention for future selection rounds.
  2. Selected: Registrations chosen for H-1B cap petition filing.
  3. Denied: Registrations invalidated due to duplicate submissions.
  4. Invalidated-Failed Payment: Registrations were not processed due to payment issues.

Understanding the Odds in FY 2024 H-1B Visa Lottery

Based on our analysis, the overall odds of selection in the 2024 H-1B visa lottery were approximately 10%, a noticeable decrease from the previous year. This year’s lower odds can be attributed to a significant increase in the number of lottery submissions.

Implications for Non-Selected Registrants

Individuals and entities whose registrations were not selected in this round should explore alternative visa options. There are several other visa categories that might be suitable depending on the individual’s qualifications and the nature of the job offer.


The completion of the FY 2024 H-1B visa lottery marks a crucial phase in the immigration calendar. For those selected, the next step is to prepare and file the H-1B cap-subject petition. For those not selected, it’s essential to consider other visa pathways to achieve their U.S. employment goals.

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