The New H1B Visa Rule: What to Expect

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The New H1B Visa Rule: What to Expect

If you’re an international student, you’ve most likely heard about the H1B Visa news. Here’s what you need to know about the new rule, and what changes you can expect.

What is it?

The new rule affects the reverse selection of international applicants. There is an annual 85,000 cap for overall degrees. This cap is then divided into a master cap and a general cap.

The master cap is 20,000. This specifically pertains to students getting a masters degree. The general cap is 65,000 and includes bachelor’s or equivalent degrees.

Previously, there was a focus on the general cap. When an applicant fell into the master cap, they had a much lower chance of being selected. As an example, last year there were 200,000 applications. The odds of your application being chosen against 200,000 others is low.

Now, the focus will be on the master cap, increasing your chance of selection if you are getting a masters degree. The way it works is that, first, your application will be processed in the big pond. It will be given priority. Then, it will be considered a part of the small pond, which is the 20,000.

While the cap will stay the same with this new rule, the change will slightly increase a master applicant’s chances of selection. It will also decrease a general applicant’s chances.


Will it Affect You?

The new rule goes into effect on April 1, 2020. That means that if you’re applying this year, it won’t affect you. You still have 6 weeks to go, as your application has to be delivered by April 1, 2019.

If you are an international applicant who is not selected, or who was unable to find a sponsor, join my H1B Visa Workshop.  This will walk you through the next steps you need to take. It’s the exact plan I used when I was an applicant.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below!



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