30th Apr 2018
Have you applied for an H-1B Visa recently? Due to the huge backlog in the processing of H-1B Visas, the USCIS has recently suspended the premium processing of Visas via an additional filing fee. This means that all petitioners are in the same boat right now.
The USCIS conducts an H-1B visa lottery which is all done via a computerized random selection system. No human hands are at work in selecting who makes it in and whose petitions are rejected.
If you are lucky enough to have had your petition selected, the USCIS will have several ways of informing you of this. If your petition was rejected, the good news is that the filing fees will at least be refunded — assuming that you were the one who covered your own filing fees.
Recently, the USCIS announced the completion of the 2019 H-1B visa lottery last April 11, 2018.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced the completion of the computerized lottery selection of the H1- B petitioners meant to begin work in the US in the fiscal year 2019. This meets both the professional as well as the master’s cap of 85,000 annual petitions. These were chosen from among 190, 098 petitions filed within the first week of April.