On March 27, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they had received sufficient H-1B lottery submissions to reach the FY 2024 H-1B visa cap, including the master’s cap. We explain what happens now that the lottery is complete here.
FY 2024 H-1B Visa Lottery Completed, now what?
USCIS completed its random selection process for the FY 2024 H-1B visa lottery from the submitted registrations. They have notified all those that were selected through their online USCIS accounts. All selected registrants are now eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the employee named in the selection. All registrant accounts have now been updated to reflect one of the following:
- Submitted: The registration has been submitted and is eligible for selection. If the initial selection process has been completed, this registration remains eligible, unless subsequently invalidated, for selection in any subsequent selections for the fiscal year for which it was submitted.
- Selected: Selected to file an H-1B cap petition.
- Denied: Multiple registrations were submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for the same beneficiary. If denied as a duplicate registration, all registrations submitted by or on behalf of the same registrant for this beneficiary for the fiscal year are invalid.
- Invalidated-Failed Payment: A registration was submitted but the payment method was declined, not reconciled, disputed, or otherwise invalid.
What were the odds in the FY 2024 H-1B Visa lottery?
Based on our calculations the overall 2024 H-1B visa lottery odds were around 10% this year with 1 in 10 submissions being selected. This is a 5% decrease from last year’s odds and reflects a large increase in lottery submissions. Those not selected in the lottery should seek alternative visa options.
What are the best alternatives to the H-1B lottery for employers?
Read the full USCIS Alert Here
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