Several years ago, a company filed an H1B petition for me in the lottery. It was approved and I was issued an H1B visa stamp by the consulate, but I never actually entered the U.S. If I find a company willing to sponsor me for an H1B job, do I have to go through the lottery again?


In general, if a foreign national is granted H1B status or issued an H1B visa “stamp,”  that individual is considered to have been counted against the H1B cap. A foreign national who has been counted against the H1B cap, but has not used any H1B time, typically may be sponsored for an H1B position by a U.S. employer without having to again go through the H1B lottery. (30.Sep.2021)

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