In a surprise to no one, USCIS announced today that it has reached the H-1B cap for both the regular and master’s cap. The USCIS is expected to hold an H-1B lottery within the next week.
If your H-1B petition is filed under the Premium Processing Service (PPS) you should hear of its acceptance no later than April 28. However if your PPS petition is not accepted, it may take until mid-May before you find out that the case was not accepted under the H-1B lottery.
Reminder: The PPS does not give a petitioner any greater chance at winning the H-1B lottery, but it does allow for speedier notice and decision-making.
If your H-1B petition is filed under the Regular Processing path it may be until May or even June before your find out if your H-1B petition is accepted under the lottery or not. Last year it took about 10 weeks before all H-1B petitioners were notified of their acceptance or rejection.