To guarantee entry into the H-1B lottery this year, employers must enter their employees into the lottery by March 25, 2021, when the initial lottery registration window closes.
Update: Presidential Proclamation Temporarily Suspends Entry of Non-Immigrants into the United States
The Trump Administration announced that entry into the U.S. by certain nonimmigrant individuals will be suspended. This proclamation applies to individuals on H-1B visas, H-2B visas, J-visas for foreign cultural and work exchanges, and L-visas for transfer of foreign workers within a company.
For the first time, the Immigration Service will open the H-1B visa lottery on March 1, instead of April 1. The H-1B visa allows employers to hire foreign nationals to work in many types of professional positions.
On April 11, the Immigration Service announced that it received 201,011 H-1B petitions during the filing period from April 1-5, 2019. This number far exceeded the congressionally-mandated cap.
The H-1B visa allows employers to hire foreign nationals to work in professional positions. There are 65,000 new U.S. visas available for employees with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) and an additional 20,000 visas for employees with a master’s degree (or higher).