On April 12, 2018, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed the computer-generated random selection process for FY 2019. During the filing period of April 2-6, 2018, USCIS received 190,098 H-1B petitions, nearly 9,000 fewer than last year. (Last year the agency reported that it had received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period.)

On April 6, 2018, USCIS announced that it had received enough H-1B petitions to meet the annual 65,000 cap as well as the 20,000 cap on US advanced degree holders (the master's cap). This is the sixth year in a row that the cap was reached within the first five days of the filing period.

What’s Next

USCIS will send receipt notices to petitioners and their counsel for those cases selected in the lottery and will return all unselected petitions along with their filing fees. Those mailings should begin right away but can take some weeks to complete.