Do I need to go through the H1-B lottery again?


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Good day, I am a Canadian citizen working in the U.S on TN. A consultant company I worked for on TN applied for my H1-B and I was selected in the lottery by USCIS and the application was approved.

However, before I could work on H1-B, I was let go (in September). I joined another company in a permanent position (in October). They mentioned I will need to go through H1-B lottery selection again.
I mentioned that they could do a transfer of the H1-B and I don’t have go through the lottery. But they insisted I will have to. They have tried for 2 years and I have not been selected in the lottery yet. So I am working on TN status for them.

I would appreciate if you could please guide me in whether I will need to go through the lottery process again or I don’t have to, as I had been approved 2 years ago. Please advise.

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