How the Process Works on Bridge
*edited with FY2024 official dates
What is the H-1B lottery?
The H-1B lottery is held once annually for those employed in a specialty occupation role (a job that requires a bachelor's or higher degree in a related major) in the United States for a temporary period.
How does the H-1B Lottery Process work?
In 2020, USCIS introduced a new online registration system (my.USCIS.gov) for companies to enter their employees in a lottery electronically. This year, registration is held between March 1st through the 17th, and applicants are selected at the end of March. There is then a 90-day window for employers to file any H-1B petitions for employees selected in the H-1B lottery.
Key Dates for FY 2024
- February 21, 2023 - At 12PM EST Registrants (employees and their attorneys) will be able to create new USCIS accounts.
- March 1 - March 17, 2023 - At 12pm EST Registration Period for FY2024 H-1B Cap lottery will open. Employers and legal representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using USCIS's online H-1B registration system
- March 31, 2023 - USCIS will send notifications of selection via users' my USCIS online accounts
Clients are encouraged to start opening H-1B Cap (Mar 2023) cases starting January 3rd, 2023.
Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult a Bridge-affiliated partner attorney or another qualified legal professional.