H-1B lottery/random selection

H-1B lottery layoff before start, Automatic status change, Multiple filings, and Traveling

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Case: Picked for H1B lottery.

- What happens if the company lays off after June but before October 1? Would I stay on my current visa status? Or will I be on H1B but with a 60-day timeline to find the next job?

- Does the status automatically change to H1B on Oct 1? or does immigration require paystubs for a couple of weeks to prove our employment?

- If I file the petition with two companies separately, how will immigration decide which one to approve? Will they approve both?

- Are there any travel restrictions from June to Sept


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In this scenario, you won't be on H-1B status with a 60-day grace period to find a new job.

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