Bad news for those hoping for better odds in being selected in the FY2016 H-1B lottery, though it was not unexpected. USCIS issued an official press release indicating they have received approximately 233,000 petitions for a total of 85,000 spots (20,000 Master’s Cap + 65,000 Regular Cap).
While the random lottery process has been completed, it may be a long road for those applying to find out whether or not their petitions have been selected. USCIS has indicated that it will begin premium processing for H-1B cap cases no later than May 11, 2015. For those who were not lucky enough to be selected in the lottery, their applications and filing fees will be returned to the attorney of record.