Premium Processing eMail Receipt Notices
Law Firm began receiving receipt notices via eMail for H1B cases filed using the Premium Processing service on April 9, 2013. Other immigration attorneys have reported the same experience. As of this writing, we continue to receive eMail receipts on additional cap-subject Premium Processing cases. It should be noted that the USCIS will not begin processing such cases under the 15-day premium-processing timeline until April 15, 2013. The wording on some receipts from the Vermont Service Center, which reference adjudication within 15-calendar days of receipt, is incorrect.
One of the first things the USCIS does after receiving a case is to process the filing fees. This is done electronically. Thus, employers may be able to confirm that their cases have been selected in the lottery by checking their bank accounts to see if the filing fee checks have been cashed. The USCIS does not cash the filing fee checks for the cases that have not been selected in the lottery.
Hard Copy Receipt Notices
The USCIS will issue hard copy receipt notices for all H1B cases. These are sent via ordinary U.S. mail and generally take several weeks for delivery, but may take longer in light of the volume of cap filings. Receipt notices are only issued for cases that have been selected in the lottery for further processing.
If a case is not selected in the H1B cap lottery, it will be returned to the employer or employer's representative. The USCIS returns the entire filing, including all forms and supporting documents, and the filing fee checks. These packages are returned by ordinary U.S. mail and generally take a few weeks for processing and delivery.