The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has estimated it will receive more applications than there are available H-1B visas this year.
Because of the increased demand, the USCIS has instituted a lottery system to aid the selection process. To be selected, employers must file on or about April 1, 2019, for employment beginning October 1, 2019.
Employers can file H-1B applications no earlier than six months in advance of an anticipated start date. Last year, the USCIS received more than 190,000 applications during the filing period.
For more information on the H-1B filing program, click here.