H-1B lottery/random selection FAQs

H1B Transfer before October 1

Authored on: Fri, 06/24/2022 - 12:53

Question

Hi Rajiv ji, This is Harsh. I work for an employer A on STEM OPT. They registered me for the h1b lottery but it didn't get picked up. But I also had another offer from other employer B they also registered me for the h1b lottery and it got picked up and they have filed my h1b case and it's approved now. Can I transfer my h1b to employer A now before October 1 ? Please let me know

Answer

If the employer who filed your H1B revokes it before October 1, the current thinking of the USCIS is that you have lost your place in the lottery.

Layoff after H-1B Lottery Selection

Authored on: Sun, 06/19/2022 - 12:39

Question

Hello Rajiv, I recently got layoff from my employer but I was lucky enough to get selected for the H-1B lottery. The bad thing is that they still haven't submitted my H-1B petition yet. I am wondering if I have an offer from a different/new employer, will they be able to file the H-1B petition for me?

Answer

Unfortunately, lottery selection cannot be transferred to another employer. If the H-1B is approved and not withdrawn before October 1, it can be transferred.

H1b petition after F1 rejection

Authored on: Fri, 06/17/2022 - 07:36

Question

Hello, this is for my niece, a 28 years Engineering graduate from India, with 4 years of IT development work experience. She got her name in H1b lottery through a small consultancy firm and the consultancy firm is asking us to pay H1b fee to proceed further. But in her case, she have had a F1 student visa denial about 3 years ago and so we are debating if she stands a chance to get H1b or is it more likely to get denied again since she is coming through a smaller consultancy firm. Any advice will be highly appreciated.

Answer

The H-1B fees and expenses must be paid by the employer. It is illegal for them to demand any fees from a potential employee.

Relation between F-1 OPT and H-1B lottery change of status and changing employers

Authored on: Tue, 03/22/2022 - 06:44

Question

I am a student on F-1 and will be graduating by December 2022. Company A is willing to apply for an H-1B for me this year. I am interviewing with other companies, and I am planning to drop company A as soon as I graduate

1. If I am selected in the lottery and haven't done a change of status, can I continue on F-1 OPT with the other company (not Company A), after graduation?

2. Can Company A retract my H-1B if I leave them?

3. Being on F-1 can Company A start my green card if I win the H-1B lottery?

 

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H-1B revoked by the USCIS - impact on Quota/lottery exemption

Authored on: Thu, 03/25/2021 - 06:48

Question

I have question to related to H1B revocation and Cap exemption.

I am based in India and have never traveled to the US. Back in 2014, Employer A filed H1B for me. It got picked in the lottery, got approved for 3 years till August 2017. When I went for Visa stamping at Chennai consulate, I was given 221g and the case was sent back to USCIS and it got revoked in August 2017. ( about 3 years later of my H1B Approval)

Now I have an employer B who is ready to sponsor H1B. Am I eligible for cap exempt or should i go through the regular CAP quota? Earlier H1B can be used and transferred to my new employer?
 

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F-1 to H-1B lottery - How to transfer and change jobs from employer A to employer B?

Authored on: Wed, 03/24/2021 - 08:21

Question

1. I am a F-1 student graduating in May 2021. An employer "X" wants to e-register me for the H1B lottery and I am hoping for a better offer from employer "Y". Suppose I got selected in the H1B lottery filed by "X". Can I start working for employer "Y"? What are my options to work for employer "Y"?

2. Can employer "Y" file my H1B petition even though I was registered in the lottery by "X"?

3. Can I ask "X" to not file an H1B petition after winning the lottery and use F1-opt as work authorization?

4. I am also applying for F1-OPT. Can I use my F1-opt to work till September for "Y" and then use H1B in October to work for "Y" while it was filed by employer "X"? I believe "X" would send an H1B petition with change of status.

 

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