January 19, 2021
There are significant uncertainties as to what the H-1B lottery might look like this year. Ordinarily expected to
begin with registration for the H-1B cap lottery on March 1, we find ourselves in a bit of a holding pattern
presently due to the Trump Administration’s promulgation of a new rule which would alter the methodology by
which H-1B cap numbers are distributed. Instead of the random selection between the two cap categories
(master’s and regular), this rule, issued in the past few weeks, would instead award cap numbers based on the
offered salary levels.