USCIS announced that it has received “nearly” 275,000 H-1B cap registration during the March 1-20 filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. This is considerably more than the 190,000 H-1B petitions received during the April 2018 (Fiscal Year 2019) filing period and 201,000 during the April 2019 (FY 2020) filing period.
USCIS is in the process of notifying H-1B cap lottery winners. Based on the Congressional H-1B cap of 85,000 H-1B cap winners, Petitioners should expect about 31% of their H-1B cap filings to be H-1B cap winners because Congress only allows the USCIS to approve H-1B cap petitions. H-1B winners have 90 days to submit their full H-1B cap petition to the USCIS.
MU Law’s numbers track the USCIS macro-number. So far, we have received notice that about 30% of our total registrations are H-1B cap winners. MU Law is in the process of contacting H-1B winners.
Unlike in past years, the USCIS will continue to update the H-1B cap winners list. Therefore, additional winners may be added throughout the spring and summer. USCIS is not expected to contact any H-1B lottery losers until all 85,000 approval notices are issued or the end of the 2021 fiscal year.