U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry for H-1B cap petitions that were chosen in the lottery for fiscal year 2018. USCIS will begin the process of returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected.
Key Areas to Note:
- Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions.
- USCIS is requesting that people not contact their office directly until they have received a receipt of notice or the return of an unselected petition.
- USCIS will announce when all unselected petitions are returned.
- Some H-1B cap petitions are being transferred from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center to help ease the workload across the organization.
As a reminder, 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.
The full announcement can be found here.