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Got selected in the H1B lottery - is there still a chance I may not get the H1B visa?

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It is very subjective from what I feel. I was up for extension this year and got approved in 5 days under premium, my colleague who also went to the same school and major as me and was recruited the same year and has near identical job description got a RFE and eventual denial, his was applied to EAC I think and mine was at WAC. Firm did reapply and got approved, but reapplying isn't possible in initial lottery petition. I might be wrong here but I think WAC is more generous than EAC.

What happens if you get denied in the lottery? Can you re-apply next year?

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Yup, happened to me last year

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Yep, denied after lottery too. “Management Consulting is not a specialty occupation”

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Mine was selected in lottery last year and then denied because of specialty occupation

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Most of the denials for EY have been for entry level positions/ first time change of status. KPMG doesn’t sponsor H1b visa for entry level positions, hence the low overall denial rate. On the other hand, Deloitte hires way more entry level candidates on visa compared to EY and PwC. An apple to apple comparison would be what % of campus/experienced hire visas are each law firm able to get approved.

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Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

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You guys are freaking me out. The thing is I know other BCG RFEs who got it. So how can the same job be a specialty for some, and not for others?

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Immigration team told me it’s random...

They usually give out an RFE afterwards, which really isn't fun. All the best!

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Yes, you’ll be going through the interview in your home country where they can reject your visa

Technically. But it is recommended to do it in your home country, and some consulates don’t even do stamping for non nationals (e.g., Mexico)

Got picked last year and denied.

It is very random and subjective. Last year a friend had two separate applications in for an H1B extension. Both applications got RFE, and lawyers submitted exactly same response for both applications. one got rejected, other got accepted. 🤷🏻‍♂️

No. You can have as many h1b applications as you want.

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