How to Check your H1B Visa Lottery Results, 2023? (H1B Visa Lottery Guide)
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How the H1B Visa Lottery Works
While the United States Citizen and Immigration Services agency approves around 200,000 H1B visa petitions each year on average, only 65,000 are granted visas through the lottery. 20,000 additional petitions are entered into the lottery for advanced degree exemption, which awards visas to applicants with Masters and Ph.D. degrees.
The following is a brief outline of how the H1B visa lottery works. First, the advanced degree petition lottery is selected. A computer program randomly selects 20,000 petitions from the overall pool of advanced degree petitions. Advanced degree petitions that are not selected in this first pool are subsequently transferred into the general visa cap pool, where they will have another chance at selection.
Next, the general visa cap lottery selects 65,000 petitions. Citizens of Singapore and Chile are reserved for an additional 6,500 H1B visas. All entrants into the general H1B visa lottery have an equal chance of being selected.
Finally, there are cap-exempt petitions that are exempted from the lottery. Only the following petitions are cap-exempt:
- Petitions that have already been selected in the visa lottery
- Visa extensions for petitions that have already been granted an H1B visa
- Changes in employment details (location, required expertise, duties)
- Petitions for transferring to a new employer
- Petitions for a second position of employment
Petitions which are not selected in the H1B lottery are returned to the candidate with the filing fees.
5 Ways to Find Out if You Were Selected in the H1B Lottery
There are numerous ways to find out if you were chosen in the H1B lottery:
- Check SEVIS
- See if USCIS has Processed Your Fee Check
- Look for Your Receipt Number
- Check Your I-797 Form
- Use and H1B Tracker
1. Check SEVIS
Non-immigrant students applying under the advanced degree cap can see if they were selected by checking their records with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This record is updated immediately upon a student’s selection after the H1B 2019 lottery results date, so this is the quickest way to find out if you were chosen.
2. See if USCIS has Processed Your Fee Check
Applicants must pay an H1B application fee in the form of a check. Since all unselected petitions have these fees refunded, you know you were selected in the lottery if the check is cashed by the USCIS.
3. Look for Your Receipt Number
Each candidate selected in the H1B lottery is assigned a 13-digit receipt number, which is mailed to your H1B sponsor upon your selection. Once your employer receives this number, you know you were selected.
4. Check Your I-797 Form
The Immigration and Naturalization Service notifies lottery winners by sending them a stamped I-797 Form, which is the official proof of H1B status.
5. Use and H1B Tracker
admitschool.com offers an H1B tracker that allows you to monitor the status of your H1B application and will update if you are selected in the lottery.
H1B Visa Lottery 2023 Dates
As with all immigration applications, the H1B visa lottery has some dates and milestones all applicants should be tracking. Read below to learn about those dates and the latest H1B lottery news.
When Does USCIS Start Accepting 2023 H1B Petitions?
USCIS announced on March 19th that 2021 H1B petitions will begin being accepted on April 1st, 2021.
Generally speaking, USCIS begins accepting H1B petitions six months prior to the start of the fiscal year, which in 2021 begins on October 1st.
When Will USCIS Stop Accepting 2023 H1B Petitions?
USCIS will accept H1B petitions for the 2023 H1B lottery until Dec, 2022
When Will the 2023 H1B Lottery Occur?
Generally speaking, the H1B lottery occurs sometime during the second week of April every year.
When Will the 2023 H1B Lottery Results be Released?
There is no set day on which the 2023 H1B lottery results will be released. Results may be released anywhere from April to August.
In 2019, USCIS released a note saying that all lottery petitions that had not been picked would receive notification by August 29th.
Probability of Selection in the H1B Lottery
The probability of selection in the H1B lottery depends on a number of factors, including the total number of applications received and the number of available visas. The H1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas, with an additional 20,000 visas set aside for individuals with advanced degrees from a U.S. institution of higher education. The number of applications received typically exceeds the number of available visas, leading to a lottery system to determine which applications will be selected for processing. The exact probability of selection in the H1B lottery will vary year to year, but it is usually very low, and the competition is high. In recent years, the number of applications for the H1B visa has exceeded the number of available visas several times over, making the odds of selection in the lottery very low. It’s important to note that even if you don’t get selected in the lottery, you may still have other options such as H1B1 visas for Chile and Singapore, or the H-4 dependent visa for the dependents of H-1B visa holders.
In order to check your H1B visa lottery results for 2023, you would need to follow these steps:
- Visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website and log in to your account.
- Look for the H1B status check option and enter your application receipt number.
- Check the status of your application and look for the “Lottery Selected” or “Not Selected” status.
- If your application is selected in the lottery, you will receive a notice of receipt, which will include instructions on how to proceed with the next steps in the H1B visa process.
- If your application is not selected in the lottery, you will receive a notification that your application has been rejected, and you will not be able to proceed with the H1B visa process.
- It’s important to note that these steps may change depending on the year and the immigration authority that’s in charge of the lottery process.
It’s important to note that, the above steps are based on the current process and the information may change. Be sure to check the official government website for the most up-to-date information on how to check your H1B visa lottery results for 2023.