3 Ways to Increase Your Odds in H1B Visa Lottery

Raghuram Sukumar H1B Visa 8 Comments

Now, we are almost certain about the possibility of H1B Visa 2013 lottery.

Unofficial reports are indicating large numbers of UPS, Fedex, USPS Overnight deliveries of H1b Visa applications to California and Vermont Service centers.

If there is a H1B Visa 2013 – 2014 Lottery, what can you do to increase your chances of getting selected in Random Lottery Selection process?

With H1B Visa Lottery process, application will be picked in Random by a Computer.

Chances of getting selection in a Random lottery process decreases with higher H1B visa 2014 applications.

USCIS does not give importance to applications based on applicant’s profile, nature of job, employer or premium processing.

H1B Visa 2013 Lottery

Now, you must be wondering how to increase your odds of getting selected in H1B Visa 2013-2104 Lottery ?

I can think of 3 possible ways

  • Multiple H1B applications
  • Applying under Advanced Degree Cap
  • Multiple H1B under Advanced Degree Cap

Multiple H1B Applications

When you have multiple entries in H1B Visa 2013-2104 Lottery  process, you naturally increase the odds of H1B visa petition being selected during random process.

Applying under Advanced Degree Cap

When H1B Visa application is applied under Advanced Degree Cap ( applicants with Masters or Higher degree from US Universities) you will be included in H1B Visa 2013-2104 Lottery twice.

  • H1B lottery 1 : Random selection for Advanced Degree Cap
  • H1B Lottery 2: Random selection for Regular Cap

If H1B application is not selected in H1B Lottery 1, then those petitions will be included in Random Selection of H1B Lottery 2.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today conducted the computer-generated random selection processes on H-1B petitions, to select which H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2009 (FY 2009) would continue to full adjudication.  If approved these H-1B petitions will be eligible to receive an H-1B visa number.

USCIS conducted two random selections, first on petitions qualifying for the 20,000 “master’s or higher degree” (advanced degree) exemption, and second on the remaining advance degree petitions together with the general H-1B pool of petitions, for the 65,000 cap.

If you have applied for H1B Visa through Advanced Degree Cap with 2 different employers, potentially you get 4 chances to get selected in H1B Visa 2013-2104 Lottery.

  • Chance 1 : Employer 1 – Advanced Degree Cap
  • Chance 2: Employer 1 – Regular Cap
  • Chance 3 : Employer 2 – Advanced Degree Cap
  • Chance 4: Employer 2 – Regular Cap

There is a possibility to get H1B visa approval from 2 different employer.

Now, you know how to increase your chances of getting picked in H1B Visa 2013-2104 Lottery.

Do you have any questions about H1B Visa 2013-2104 Lottery selection process?


  1. Thanks for your efforts to run this blog.
    Its news to me that when you apply for Masters you will be eligible for two lotteries. Thanks for letting everyone know.
    But I dont understand your second point:
    So, you mean to say that I should go to job interviews and try to get selected in another company and then make them to apply for another H1B, while not leaking anything to the first employer, within 2 days from now?

  2. Multiple or Duplicative Filings

    On March 19, 2008, USCIS announced a regulatory change to prohibit employers from filing multiple or duplicative H-1B petitions for the same employee. To ensure fair and orderly distribution of available H-1Bs, USCIS will deny or revoke multiple or duplicative petitions filed by an employer for the same H-1B worker and will not refund the filing fees submitted with multiple or duplicative petitions.

    1. Hi I have 4 f1 rejection and my last apperance for the interview was on jan 21/2012 and now i am planning for h1. could any one help me with some information about the chances for my h1.

  3. Please sign this petition for removing the H1B cap for 2014: 100,000 signatures needed by May 06 2013

    Please post this below white house petition link on other websites/blogs. Well worth a try!


    Remove the H1B visa cap of 65,000, especially for STEM companies, when the full year quota was filled in few days

    “The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 5th 2013 that it would no longer accept applications for the H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2014 and has reached the visa cap of 65,000,”

    President Obama should act now remove the cap for H1B for fiscal 2014, especially for companies hiring in the STEM fields. This is one of the common sense solutions to help US economy and has overwhelming bipartisan support.

    John Feinblatt Chairman of the Partnership for a New American Economy has said yesterday regarding H1B quota “If we want to stay competitive and thrive in the global marketplace, we need to make sure that our immigration laws fit the needs of our economy. Sitting still risks the world passing us by,”

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  5. “USCIS will first sort out multiple or duplicative H-1B petitions filed by one employer for same employee. USCIS will deny those petitions without refunding the filing fees.”

    This means one cannot file multiple H -1B petitions with different consultancies?

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