USCIS Announcement: Data Entry Completed for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions for Fiscal Year 2016


Today, May 4, 2015 USCIS announced that data entry for all H-1B cap-subject petitions has been completed for the 2016 fiscal year. USCIS is scheduled to begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the computer-generated random lottery held early last month. Since USCIS received an unprecedented 233,000 cap-subject H-1B petitions (including master’s cap) we expect that it will take a few months for petitions that were not selected to be returned. USCIS has recommended that petitioners ask about the status of a submitted cap-subject petition only once the petitioner has received a receipt notice or until the unselected petition has been returned. USCIS will provide an announcement once all unselected petitions have been returned. Our office expects to receive the receipt notices for the remaining cap-subject petitions that have been selected in the lottery this week or the following week.

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