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USCIS Completes H-1B Work Visa Application Lottery

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received a sufficient number of electronic registrations during the initial period to achieve the required number of applications for the distribution of H-1B work visas for fiscal year 2021, according to the official website departments.

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The USCIS system randomly selected applications that can continue the process of applying for visas from among the correctly executed registrations. The service will notify applicants with selected registrations no later than March 31, 2020 that they have the right to file a petition for an H-1B visa for the subject indicated in the corresponding selected registration.

Online accounts of registrants will now display one of the following statuses for each registered beneficiary:

Submitted: registration status may still display as Submitted after the initial selection process is completed. Such registrations will be considered for selection by the end of the financial year, after which all registration statuses will be marked as “selected”, “not selected” or “denied”.

Selected selected to apply for a work visa as part of the H-1B visa limit for fiscal year 2021.

Denied / Denied: this means that the same registration owner or representative filed more than one registration on behalf of the applicant for the same financial year, or the payment method was rejected. Such registrations are considered invalid.

Only applicants with selected registrations can submit petitions for an H-1B visa and only for the beneficiary indicated in the corresponding selected registration notice.

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What you need to know about the new online lottery

On December 6, 2019, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service announced that it plans to introduce an electronic application registration system for applicants for the H-1B work visa for fiscal year 2021.

Since March 1, 2020, the procedure has come into force: applicants wishing to submit documents must first register in electronic form and then pay the corresponding registration fee of $ 10 for each H-1B visa applicant.

The electronic registration process should greatly simplify the processing of applications by reducing paperwork and sharing data, as well as provide overall cost savings for employers wishing to file an H-1B petition, the agency said.

Under the new procedure, potential applicants and their authorized representatives applying for permission to hire workers on an H-1B visa will go through a registration process that requires only basic information about the potential applicant and each of the requested employees.

The initial registration period for the upper visa limit for fiscal year 2021 was open at noon Eastern time on March 1, 2020 and remained open until noon on March 20, 2020. After that, the process of random selection of H-1B applicants entered the case, in which only correctly executed electronic forms will participate. Only those selected have the right to apply for H-1B.

For more information, visit USCIS special page.

The H-1B visa is played out and issued on the principle of a lottery to highly qualified specialists who want to come to work in the USA - on average, about 65 thousands of foreign specialists a year become “winners”. This program is most popular among employers in the IT industry (about 1% of employees work on an H-15B visa Facebook).

This visa is valid for three years and can be extended for another three years.

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