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For FY2018, more than 190,000 petitions were filed for 85,000 new H-1B visas, of which 20,000 slots were set aside for master’s candidates, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Next year, the government will implement a new, electronic pre-registration process. Under that system, employers will fill out a brief online form for each employee they want to submit for the H-1B lottery. Once the H-1B candidates are selected, employers will then fill out a full petition for approved candidates – something they have to do now for every H-1B lottery candidate regardless of whether they are chosen. The change could save companies loads of billable hours and effort filling out full petitions for each employee.

First published – CNBC by Paayal Zaveri | Aditi Roy – https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/01/h1-b-lottery-changes-in-2018-masters-candidates-more-inspections.html