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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Newsflash – USCIS Completes FY 2019 H-1B Cap Data Entry


On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed data entry for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected during its computer-generated random “lottery” process, which concluded on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

USCIS is still delivering Receipt Notices for selected cases to petitioners and attorneys of record, and will now begin returning all H-1B cap petitions that were not selected in the lottery. Due to the high volume of H-1B petitions received by USCIS (approx. 190,098), the timeframe for returning the rejected petitions is uncertain.  USCIS will issue an announcement once all petitions have been returned.

Additionally, USCIS has announced it will re-distribute some H-1B cap petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance caseloads. Transferred cases will be notified by mail.

For more information, please see the related USCIS news alert here

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