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H1 Visa Lottery

Just got an email from Sheetal saying that my application was received on time but that the cap for H1 visas was reached the first day. There will be a lottery but not until the USCIS has entered all of them into their databases. That's expected to take "several weeks".

If I understand things right, my chances should be in the region of 50%. That's better than the Green Card Lottery but I'd much have preferred if there wasn't a lottery. Just as with the Green Card Lottery, all you win is the chance to apply -- you can still fail on some other hurdle in the process.

Links to PDFs
USCIS REACHES FY 2008 H-1B CAP 3 April
USCIS RELEASES PRELIMINARY NUMBER OF FY 2008 H-1B CAP FILINGS 5 April

Comments

Wow. I can't even imagine having to try to so hard to get to where I'm comfortable. I hope things work out for you!!!
Thanks. I want it to be over and done with now.
Good luck, Apel!
Thanks Mae.