Last Monday, August 17, we’ve sent a notice and update regarding the 2nd Round of the Selection Process for H1b. We are happy for those whose applications were selected. However, some are still pending and remain unselected. The update, which is now officially published by USCIS, reads in part the following information:
- The Second-Round registration selected candidates would get notices that would say “August 2020 Selection of Reserve Registration”
- The filing period for second round lottery selected candidates is between “8/17/2020 – 11/16/2020“, which means they can file anywhere between August 17th and November 16th, 2020.
- You need to include your second lottery selection notice and send it to the same location that is listed on the Selection notice. The start date of the petition must be October 1st, 2020 as this is still in the FY 2021 season.
The second lottery is being conducted because the FY 2021 H-1B quota of 85,000 has not been reached. USCIS did not receive enough H-1B cap petitions to meet the quota during the initial filing period, which ran from April 1 to June 30, 2020.
This means that if we are not officially selected to this date, so the chances of your application being returned is high.
- We may refile again for Fiscal Year 2021-2022, which starts again by the first quarter of next year and will be selected early March, provided that your status is maintained and in good standing between now until the next H1b Fiscal Year.
- We may now continue to accept and process J1 Professional Trainees; this is another form of employment-based petition and the Department of State has finally resumed the issuance of COS (Change of Status) for an 18-month Work Trainee Program for eligible candidates. For those on the existing J1 program already until now, we are extending their program for another 9 months, as a result of USCIS and the Department of State Covid-19 relief due to interrupted training from March until now.
- For those applicants who want to pursue a master’s or other eligible courses, you may start searching for accredited programs for F1. We may recommend some schools.
- B2: All current non-immigrant statuses should be maintained and kept in good standing continuously. As we know, all B2’s extensions are now taking more than 3-6 months to process. If your current or pending B2 are still in process or awaiting results, you must file your next extension before the anticipated expiration date of your validity. As an example, if your anticipated validity is from April 2020 to October 20, 2020, ideally, the next extension should be filed no later than September 19, 2020, or even sooner. While USCIS is encouraging everyone to file even if it is close to the deadline, it is always safer to file them in a timely manner.
As part of our commitment to the public and our clients’ best interests, we are monitoring your immigration status consistently. We will update you individually on the status of your individual application. However, it also your responsibility to reach out to us in a timely manner. If you have specific questions, please email us immediately at email@example.com or call us at 818-476-0082 and 213-487-5059 between 8:30am to 5:30pm.