by Chris Musillo

USCIS announced that it received 190,098 petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption (compared to the 199,000 H-1B petitions received during the FY2018 filing period).

USCIS is in the process of running the H-1B lottery and notifying H-1B cap winners. Petitioners should expect about 44% of their H-1B cap filings to be H-1B cap winners. Based on prior years, we will receive H-1B lottery winner receipts throughout April and May. After that we will receive the H-1B lottery loser petitions. Traditionally if you do not receive a winner receipt notice by June 1, you have probably lost the H-1B lottery.

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