I am applying for H1B for the next fiscal year 2020-2021. That will be my last chance. Can I do two petitions with two different employers on same client letter?

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The rule against duplicate H-1B filing is 8 CFR 214.2(h)(2)(i)(G), which says that all such petitions will be denied:

... Otherwise, filing more than one H-1B petition by an employer on behalf of the same alien in the same fiscal year will result in the denial or revocation of all such petitions. If USCIS believes that related entities (such as a parent company, subsidiary, or affiliate) may not have a legitimate business need to file more than one H-1B petition on behalf of the same alien ... USCIS may issue a request for additional evidence or notice of intent to deny, or notice of intent to revoke each petition. If any of the related entities fail to demonstrate a legitimate business need to file an H-1B petition on behalf of the same alien, all petitions filed on that alien's behalf by the related entities will be denied or revoked.

While it looks like there might be a loophole if the two petitioning companies were completely unrelated (such as not a parent company, subsidiary, or affiliate), this possibility was ruled out by the USCIS Policy Memorandum of March 23, 2018 based on the January 2018 appeal decision in Matter of S- Inc..

That decision makes clear that if two companies file H-1B petitions for the same employee to work at the same/similar position for the same end client, this is considered a duplicate filing and the rule is that both petitions will be denied. The companies will be considered 'related entities' in regard to the duplicate filing even if they are not legally related in any other way.

Here is a summary about the H-1B duplicate filing rule on redbus2us.com.

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    There's still a "loophole" with unrelated companies; it's just that the OP can't take advantage of it since the OP really only has one job offer, like the situation in Matter of S- Inc.. If one really has two unrelated job offers at two genuinely unrelated companies, it is allowed to enter the lottery twice.
    – Brian
    Dec 18, 2020 at 21:19

You can have two employers, but you would need two separate petitions.

You can find more information here: https://immigrantly.com/2014/11/25/can-i-have-two-full-time-jobs-under-concurrent-h1b/

  • Can you explain what does two separate petitions mean?
    – Juke
    Nov 19, 2019 at 20:53
  • Each employer will have to fill out paperwork.
    – Putvi
    Nov 19, 2019 at 20:56
  • yes, thats for sure. Is it kind of duplicate paperwork and is illegal or is it fine?
    – Juke
    Nov 19, 2019 at 20:57
  • Yeah, you can have two employers.
    – Putvi
    Nov 19, 2019 at 20:59
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    I'm not sure OP wants two employers. I think he just wants to have 2 chances at getting at least 1 application approved.
    – mkennedy
    Nov 20, 2019 at 1:06

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