USCIS has sent out email notifications to H1B applicants who filed their applications in the lottery system for Fiscal Year 2025. The department has made random selections and notified approvals and rejections.

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions, but the cap is only 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and 20,000 for master’s students.

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Thousands of MS students have been notified about their rejections, and social media is flooded with their frustration, sadness, and cluelessness about what to do next, as the majority have already spent a huge amount of money on their colleges so far. They have to bring more money from parents in India just to extend their studies and wait until next year for the H1B season to open.

Even then, there is no guarantee that the students who got rejected will get lucky and have their H1 picked next year in the lottery. Next year, there will be an even larger number of applicants competing with those who got rejections this year.

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U.S. has fully cashed in on the America craze post-COVID and issued visas to almost every student who went for a visa. But they are facing the harsh reality in this country now.

These students, after taking lakhs of loans and boarding the flights happily, are now depressed with the H1B rejections. Even the students who got their applications picked are not happy as they have to land a job soon. If not, they need to show continuous payroll; otherwise, they will face future rejections when they go for renewals.

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The sad reality is the alarming situation Indian students are facing in the U.S. includes everyone, including students who went to top schools like Harvard, etc.

It does not mean that every single student is unhappy; there are a few who are lucky to get their H1s and also jobs. But this section is not that big.

Even after H1B, the hassle won’t end; getting the Green Card is practically impossible given how the backlog is. There are reports that the vast majority, 85%, of people in the backlog born in the 1980s are from India. And a notable number of Indians born in the 1970s and 1960s are also still in the backlog!

Those who happily came to the U.S. dreaming of a happy life after Masters are strongly advising their friends back home in India not to come to the U.S.

At first, a lot of the parent community and students in India did not care about this advice, but now they also started to understand the seriousness of the harsh reality.

Also, this generation of MS students doesn’t work part-time jobs like how 90s Telugu immigrants used to work hard when they came to America. These days the influence of a significant show-off group is high on other students who are not financially well-off but still go around to movies and get money from parents in India.

Take a look at the student who came to Harvard and did not get her H1B picked; she shared her dire situation.