Following is the number of applications uscis received by USCIS over the past few years. for the FY 2011 quota uscis accepted h1b petitions until Jan 26th 2011.
History of H1B Petition Counts - 2008-2016
|Year||Number of Petitions|
|Apr 1st 2016||236,000|
|Apr 1st 2015||233,000|
|Apr 1st 2014||172,500|
|Apr 1st 2013||124,000|
|Apr 1st 2012||No Lottery. Quota Filled on June 11th|
|Apr 1st 2011||No Lottery. Quota filled on Nov 22nd|
|Apr 1st 2010||No Lottery. Quota filled on Jan 26th 2011|
|Apr 1st 2009||No Lottery. Quota filled on Dec 21st 2009|
|Apr 1st 2008||Lottery. 163k total. 31,200 advanced degree applications.|
Lottery Result started & Probability of getting SelectedAdvanced degree Quota applicants started receiving lottery result about whether their petition got picked or not from Apr 11th onwards. Your lawyer will receipt notice about the same if your petition got picked in the lottery. Your employer can also verify it by check deduction.
You can check your case status with receipt number: https://egov.uscis.gov/casestatus/landing.do
If you are a premium processing applicant and if you don't receive lottery decision by May 16th 2016, you can assume that your petition is not picked in lottery. Regular processing applicants can wait till end of May for the lottery decision.
Those who got picked in lottery can expect approval decisions starting around April 18th.
Probability of getting Picked in the lottery is here. Since masters students had 20k reserved quota they are the biggest benefitors of the h1b program over Regular Quota.