USCIS Completes FY2018 H-1B Cap Data Entry


Today USCIS announced it has completed data entry for all H-1B cap petitions selected in the Fiscal Year 2018 lottery. USCIS will now begin returning petitions not selected in the lottery, which will include the filing fees. In its e-mail to stakeholders, USCIS noted, "Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions. USCIS 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."

In its announcement, USCIS also noted that it is transferring some H-1B cap-subject petitions from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases. When transferring cases, USCIS sends a notification by mail confirming which USCIS office now has jurisdiction over the case.