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Posted on August 24 2022

The US may give a second draw for H1B visa lottery for FY 2023 a miss

By  Editor
Updated November 22 2023

Highlights of H1B visa lottery

  • The USA may not conduct a second lottery for H1B visa for the fiscal year 2023.
  • No formal announcement if this has been issued yet.
  • USA imposes H1B visa allotment caps every year.

The USA will possibly not hold a second lottery for H1B visa for FY 2023 (year ending September 30, 2023).

Reports say that immigration attorneys have announced the issuance of H1B cap ‘non-selection’ messages. This indicates that a second lottery won’t be conducted.

“Maybe there won’t be a second H1B lottery this year. The USCIS has issued several ‘non-selection’ notices electronically, which is only a step if there will be no more lotteries,”
Rajiv Khanna, Senior Attorney at


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However, there's no formal announcement yet from USCIS yet in this regard.

The USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) received 483,927 H1B cap registrations this FY. This was up by 57% compared to the last season. Of those registrations, USCIS selected 127,600 registrations (26%) to meet the H1B quota.

The window for registration was open between March 1 and March 18, 2022.

The H1B limit is applicable to almost every first H1B petition. This is the third year in a row that the USCIS will use an online registration process. This mode of the process is used to randomly select sufficient H1B registrations to meet the limit.

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In 2021, the US immigration Office conducted 3 visa lotteries to meet the ceiling for a mandate of 65,000 regular visas and 20,000 under the master cap.

The USCIS tracks 1 year between October and September, and applicants selected for FY 2023 have the eligibility to commence employment from October 2023.

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