In the first year of the registration process, there were 274,000 entries for the combined 65,000 "regular" H-1B visas and 20,000 US master's H-1B visas.
Factors that may impact this year's numbers:
* The "Covid economy" has allowed more jobs to be performed remotely, including some traditional H-1B jobs which can now more easily be performed outside the US
* At the same time, the job market for many H-1B jobs, especially in the technology sector, remains strong
* There may be pent up demand due to Covid-related visa and travel restrictions
We anticipate approximately 300,000 entries again this year.
Out of the 274,000 entries last year, a total of 124,000 selections were made for an overall selection rate of 45%. However, a number of lottery winners chose not to proceed, in large part due to Covid-impacts on business.
Taking everything into consideration, we predict the chances of being selected if the applicant has a US master's degree between 40% - 50%, while others should expect 15% - 25%.