This year over 85,000 H-1B applications were filed with USCIS, thus exceeding the Master’s Cap and Regular Cap. USCIS announced on Wednesday, May 15 that its initial H-1B selection process was complete and applicants should know whether their H-1B application was chosen for adjudication by June 1, 2013 . The lottery used to choose the H-1Bs is randomized and does not speak to the merits of each application. If chosen in the lottery, an H-1B application will then be reviewed by USCIS.
If you missed the filing deadline or were not chosen in the lottery, there are many H-1B alternatives available to you. To read more about alternatives to the H-1B visa, read Jason’s post on the subject here (“H-1B Visa Alternatives“).