As you know USCIS received about 172,500 H1B petitions for FY 2015 quota and there was a lottery conducted for this year by USCIS to randomly select about 85,000 petitions. Many of you have been nail-biting and waiting for the lottery results. Some of the lucky ones have already got the receipt numbers and some of the even luckier ones have their H1B Petitions approved….Some of you are still waiting for the receipts and rejected packages. Let me address some of the most common questions asked by our readers.
Have anyone received the Rejected or Not Selected in Lottery petitions from USCIS ? Do we have any proof ?
Yes, USCIS have started to mail out the petitions that were not selected in lottery. Few of the attorneys blogs like Emily Neuman and Murthy.com , wrote it in on their blogs. Emily said they received about 28 rejected petitions from Vermont and California service centers. She also have given a sample. Check out her article here. Murthy.com has written an article indicating the same, check it out here. Thanks to them for sharing all the info, it helps many get a perspective. Also, some of our readers have updated their status that their case was Not Selected in lottery. Check out our H1B Tracker for some more stats.
Also, there have been many comments on our blog regarding rejected petitions received. You can browse our H1B Visa 2015 Comments pages for information. That’s the proof !
I have not received any update from USCIS regarding my H1B petition – Neither Receipt Number nor Rejected package – What’s my situation ? Are there still any hopes for me ?
Well, typically, if you were to be selected in H1B Lottery, you should have received at least the H1B Receipt number from USCIS. But, if you have neither received the receipt number nor the rejected petition, then you still have to wait, you cannot conclude that you were not picked in lottery. If you have not received the rejected petition back, you still have a chance. The chances might be less, but you cannot rule out. Unfortunately folks, it can be very frustrating to keep waiting for this, but there is no go…If you have applied this year and have not received anything from USCIS, make sure, you are working on a backup plan…just to be prepared.
What do you get in the H1B Returned Package from USCIS ?
You will get the H1B Visa Filing Fee Checks , your supporting documents sent, and a Letter from USCIS explaining the reason for rejection. The typical text in the explanation letter summary is like below.
- We are returning your petition, supporting documents and fee and it was rejected was the below reason:
o All H1B 2015 cap subject petitions received between April 1st and April 7th , 2014 were subject to computer generated random selection process. Your petition was received in this time frame, however, it was not part of the randomly selected ( lottery ) for processing.
o If you wish to file a petition for H1B Visa 2016, you can apply for the same by sending application to us no earlier than April 1st , 2015.
While it is very disappointing to get a rejected notice from USCIS, it is life and we have to move on. Hopefully, the Immigration reform for H1B Visas Cap changes passes this year and we do NOT have a lottery next year. If you are advising someone or planning to do Masters in US, you need to consider various factors. Read this article Should I do MS in USA with H1B Lottery.
What are your thoughts ? Do share your experiences.