By: Chis Musillo

USCIS announced that it received 201,011 petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. This is notably more than the 190,000 H-1B petitions received during the April 2018 filing period).

USCIS is in the process of running the H-1B lottery and notifying H-1B cap winners. Petitioners should expect about 36% of their H-1B cap filings (non-US masters degrees) to be H-1B cap winners. Based on prior years, we will receive H-1B lottery winner receipts throughout April and May. Starting in June, 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.