USCIS has proposed a new H1B Visa Lottery Rule titled – Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens.
Are you applying for H1B Visa in upcoming FY 2020 (April 1, 2019), then this Proposed Rule could impact your H1B Visa process.
Is this Proposed H1B Visa Registration Rule is Good or Bad?
Good in a lot of ways! but, there are opposing views as well (more on that below).
How does this benefit the Employer?
How does this Rule impact the H1B Visa applicant?
Do Advanced Degree holders get additional H1B quota?
I haven’t read the entire 139-page Proposed rule yet, but the gist of it looks good and should improve and optimize the H1B Visa Lottery process.
And, the Advanced Degree cap applicants could stand to gain more H1B Visas from the new order.
Expectation From This H1B Visa Lottery Rule
There was some negative news about this Propose rule before the draft copy was made available.
Following changes were expected to be part of the Proposed H1B Visa rule.
- New criteria for selecting High Skilled Workers instead of random H1B Visa lottery selection
- Minimum Salary (or $100,000 ) for H1B Visa
- Priority Date for Petitions not selected in the lottery (like Green Card)
After reading the draft document, I couldn’t find any changes related to the lottery selection criteria, minimum salary or establishing a new priority date for unselected H1B Visa petitions for a specific Fiscal Year.
Summary of the H1B Visa Registration Rule
Here is the quick birds-level view of the new Proposed Rule.
- The employer seeking H1B Visa for employees would have to Register online first.
- Regular Cap random selection is completed first
- Advanced Cap random selection is completed next
- Selected petitions above random selection process are noticed
- Only those are required to submit the actual H1B Visa Petition.
- This process would save millions of dollars for both the Employer, Employee, and USCIS
Change in H1B Visa Random Selection Order
Here is the current H1B Visa Random selection process order for Advanced and Regular H1B Visa Cap.
So, what’s new with the Proposed H1B Visa Random selection order?
Pay close attention to the Order of the Random Lottery Order.
First, Regular Cap registered H1B Visa entries are selected.
Then, Advanced Degree Cap Registered entries are selected.
This new order of H1B Via petition selection is supposed to increase the number of H-1B Visa selected for applicants with Advanced Degree from the USA colleges and Universities.
But, how much?
That’s about 5340 more visas for Masters Cap (aka Advanced Degree) cap holders. Where’s the real math? According to Professor Ron Hira of Howard University:
[There] are 190,098 total applicants, 95,885 of which are master’s +. The current USCIS lottery sequence first gives 20K to master’s applicants from the master’s cap. So the remaining pool would be 170k, with 76k being master’s+. That means that the remaining master’s+ would have a 45 percent chance of winning the 65k cap; 28,998 master’s+ would win the 65k lottery. The net result of the current system is that 48,998 master’s+ are selected.
In the system I’m proposing, the random lottery would be re-sequenced. Run the lottery on the 65k base first. In this scenario, master’s+ would have a 50.4 percent chance of winning the base cap lottery. That would translate into 32,786 master’s+ winning. Then allocate the remaining 20k to the master’s cap. The net result of my proposed system is that 52,786 master’s+ are selected. This is a modest but material difference favoring U.S.-earned master’s + applicants.
Great News for some, while others would be upset with this proposed rule!
Did you know, there was a similar rule that was proposed in 2011?
And USCIS received 60 comments for the Proposed rule back then. But, it was not implemented.
This new proposed H1B Visa Registration Rule is improved and replaces the previously proposed rule.
Points to Ponder:
- This is the Proposed Rule.
- Public Commenting will be open for 30 days from Dec 3, 2017 to Jan 2, 2018.
- USCIS intends to implement this process for the upcoming H1B Visa 2020 season.
- USCIS is requesting public comments in a number of areas to improve this Proposed Rule better.
Additional Details From the New H1B Visa Lottery Selection Process
- H1B Visa Registration Period will begin 14 days before the H1B Cap season opens
- USCIS will give 30 days advance notice when the Registration Period Opens
- If more than 65,000 for Regular Cap and 20,000 for Advanced Degree Cap registrations are received, Registration period would close.
- A unique number will be assigned to each H1B Visa petition registration.
- First Regular Cap Draw will be conducted
- Second Advanced Degree H1B Cap draw will be conducted
- This new order is expected to increase the number of Advanced Degree Cap Selections
- After Randon Draw, selected registration will be notified
- One employer can submit only one registration per applicant (even for a different job)
- If the employer submits multiple registrations for the same Employee, they may be disqualified from receiving H1B for that fiscal year
- After receiving notification, the Employer can then submit the H1B Visa Petition with supporting documents
- Receipt Number will be issued after the above package is reeved by the USCIS
Developing Story. This post will be updated as more information is gathered from the 139-page copy of the draft rule.
Summary: Proposed H1B Visa Registration Rule
- What do you think about this Proposed Rule?
- Leave your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below
- When the comment period opens, please be sure to submit your comments to USCIS.
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