USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions; H-1B cap-subject petitions not selected will be returned
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated random process or “lottery.”
What happens now?
USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions and asks petitioners not to inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.
My case was transferred. What does this mean? Do I need to be worried?
USCIS is transferring some Form I-129 H-1B cap subject petitions from the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to the California Service Center (CSC) to balance the distribution of cap cases. If your case is transferred, you will receive notification in the mail. This is routine and nothing to worry about as VSC is heavily backlogged. After receiving the notification, send all future correspondence to the center processing your petition.
Premium Processing Remains Suspended
As previously announced on March 3, USCIS has temporarily suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including cap-subject petitions, for up to six months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. While premium processing is suspended, USCIS will reject any Form I-907 filed with an H-1B petition.
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