On April 11, 2018, after a quick 5 day turnaround, USCIS announced that it completed the random selection process of H-1B petitions for the Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap. It was reported that 190,098 H-1B Petitions were received between April 2 and April 6, revealing a 5% drop in applications submitted for the Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap.
Every year, there are 65,000 slots available under the Regular Cap and an additional 20,000 reserved exclusively for holders of U.S. Master’s Degrees. With the drop in submissions, applicants this time around had a 45% chance of being selected in this year’s Lottery.
For those not selected in the Lottery or rejected, USCIS will return all H-1B petitions along with their filing fees.