The USCIS has officially released the latest news regarding H1B registration lottery results for 2023. Applicants had started receiving notifications on USCIS H1B 2023 lottery results as of March 25, 2022. USCIS sent out a notice on March 29, 2022, that the selection process is complete and all eligible applicants have been notified.
The USCIS has received enough electronic registrations during the initial registration period to reach the 2023 H-1B registration cap, and randomly selected applicants from the pool to move forward with petitions.
When Was the H1B Registration Open for 2023?
The H1B Registration Process for 2023 started on March 1, 2022, and the window was open till March 18, 2022. On March 25, 2022, some applicants had already received their result notifications.
Keep in mind that all immigration-related timelines are likely to be extended. USCIS has reported massive processing delays due to staff shortages and backlogs from the previous years.
Is There an Official Announcement of the USCIS H1B Lottery Results?
Yes. On March 29, 2022, USCIS has announced officially that the H1B registration selection process has been completed. They have notified all petitioners whether they have been selected and if they are now eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the application.
How to Check H1B 2023 Lottery Status
Currently, there are no provisions for H1B applicants to check the lottery status directly.
The employer or the attorney that submitted your H1B registration will have access to the lottery selection status on the USCIS website.
Typically, your representative – employer or attorney – should receive a notification. In the instance that they haven’t received a notification, they can log into the USCIS H1B registration online system and check the status of your registration on H1B lottery.
Here is a step-by-step guide to checking the H1B lottery results:
- Login using the USCIS H1B registration lottery system
- Click on “View Notice” to view the H1B registration lottery selection results
- Print the notice or save it as a PDF
What Will Be Included in the H1B Registration Selection Notice?
If you are selected in H1B lottery, the H1B registration selection notice would include the following:
- Full name of the applicant
- The company name of the applicant
- Details of H1B Petition
What Can I Do if My Employer/Attorney Has Not Shared My H1B Registration Status?
There is no indicative legal course that you can take if your employer/attorney has not shared your H1B registration status or process at this juncture. The nature of the H1B process is such that it is at the discretion of the representative, which is either your employer or your attorney.
In most cases, employers and attorneys are fairly proactive and will share the process as and when they receive notifications.
Can I Transfer My H1B Registration Lottery to Another Employer?
No, you cannot transfer H1B registration from one employer to another.
What Happens if I Am Selected in H1B Registration, but My Employer/Attorney Did Not File an H1B Petition?
You have 90 days to file a petition after you have been selected in the H1B registration lottery. If you fail to file a petition, it expires.
What Does It Mean if I Do Not Receive Any Update From the USCIS on H1B Selection?
H1B lottery registration results tend to come in batches. The general recommendation is to wait until March 31, 2022. If you have not received any notification by that time, it is unlikely that you have been selected.
If there are subsequent rounds of H1B lottery, like in the previous years, you are likely in the pool for the next round of H1B lottery selection.
If you did not get selected in the first lottery, and if you have the resources, you can wait a few more months for a second or third round of lottery.
What Are the Chances for a Second or Third H1B Lottery in 2023?
In the previous year, there were three lottery selection rounds for H1B registration. There is no guarantee that it will happen again this year, but there is a strong likelihood for at least another round of H1B lottery.
The primary reason behind the additional H1B lottery selection round is slot availability to fill the allotted H1B cap. In other words, if a candidate does not file an H1B petition on time after selection, the H1B selection expires – without which one cannot file an H1B petition. USCIS then conducts another round to fill the empty slots to meet the allocated H1B caps.
The H1B registration selection lottery is just the beginning of the H1B visa application process. You will need to work closely with your employer and attorney to ensure that you are compliant in every step of the process to get your H1B Visa approved.