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What Are My Chances of Winning the H-1B Visa Lottery This Season?

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It’s officially the H-1B visa lottery season. This means that between March 1 and March 16, applicants can register for the annual H-1B visa lottery. Unfortunately, securing a spot is extremely competitive. Applicants need to have strong evidence to increase their chances of getting selected. Our team at Yekrangi & Associates explains what are the chances of getting selected and what you need to increase your chances.

What Are the Odds of Getting an H-1B Visa?

In the 2019 to 2020 season, applicants had a 32 percent chance of being selected for the H-1B visa lottery. Your chances of getting selected this season will ultimately depend on how many applications are submitted. However, the chances may be similar to the previous season.

Although the chances of getting selected are relatively low, there are things applicants and their potential employers can do to maximize their chances of getting selected. Below we have put together a list of things you and your potential sponsors can do to increase your chances of getting an H-1B visa this season.

  • Bona Fide Employer-Employee Relationship: One of the key factors to getting an H-1B visa is to prove that your employee-employer relationship is valid. Your employer should be able to provide evidence of when, where, and how you will perform your job, your job skills, and your pay rate.

  • Employer’s Ability to Pay: A successful application will clearly demonstrate that your employer has the means to pay you for the job you are applying for. The employer will need to prove that the business has enough capital, income, and assets to pay you.

  • Proof of Education: H-1B visas are special occupation visas, which means that you will need to demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and experience required to fulfill the requirements for the job. You will need proof that you hold at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

If you need assistance applying for an H-1B visa or if you have questions, get in touch with our Orange County immigration attorneys today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a consultation!

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