Good news! There’s a window to accept H-1B visa petitions for FY 2010 starting yesterday.
In the previous article, I discussed that the USCIS might conduct a Mini lottery to select H-1B visas 2010, because many seemed clueless on what a mini lottery is. So here’s my 2 cents on the topic.
Mini Lottery to Select H-1B
The term "mini lottery" is something I came across reading several immigration forums.
The term "mini lottery" is not officially used by USCIS. Mini lottery will be conducted by USCIS if H-1B Quota is reached after April 7, 2009.
The USCIS stated that if more H-1B petitions (than available 85,000) were received within first 5 business days (’til April 7, 2009), there will be usual random lottery selection for entire 65,000 and same applies to 20,000 (Advanced Degree Cap).
Until we hear from USCIS, there is no way to predict the number of applications submitted this year.
If H-1B Quota is Reached by April 7, 2009
- If more than 65,000 H-1B visa petitions were received until April 7, 2009 — there will be a random lottery to select all the 65,000 visas.
- If more than 20,000 Advanced Degree petitions were received, then there will be a lottery to choose all of the 20,000 visa petitions.
If H-1B Quota is not reached by April 7, 2009
For this example, let’s assume that not enough H-1B visa petitions had been received for FY 2010 by April 7, 2009.
- USCIS will continue to receive petitions until the cap is reached.
- For example, if the USCIS on April 10, 2009 receives an enough number of applications to reach the 65,000 and 20,000 caps, then a mini lottery will be held.
So, a lottery will be conducted for H-1B visa petitions received just on April 10, 2009.
How Does a Mini Lottery Help?
H-1B visa applications submitted before April 7, 2009 will be considered for H-1B visa approval and their receipt numbers will be issued.
And the ensuing lottery will be held only for a small number of applications received during the last day when the cap will be reached. So far, there are no updates from USCIS.
If there is any information released out to news media by USCIS, we will post them here at Happy Schools Blog.
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