H1B Reject Notice Sample FY 2017

H1B 2017 Reject Notices Sample – What to Expect? Ask Employers ?

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It has been over 2 and half months since H1B Lottery for FY 2017 and many of you have been waiting for the final decision. While, the hopes of getting a receipt were very slim, besides outliers, if you are still waiting, you were probably waiting for the official reject notice.  In any case, in our H1B Visa Tracker, we had about 25 people, who claim their petition was not picked in lottery in H1B Visa 2017 Quota.  Below is one of the sample reject notices from USCIS. Credit to Emily Neuman from ImmigrationGirl.com for sharing it. Check it below.

What to Expect from the Sample Reject Notice of FY 2017 ?
The key takeaway from the reject notice are couple of things, firstly it tells you that your petition was not picked in lottery. Secondly, it tells you the next H1B season start date for FY 2018. You can file H1B for FY 2017 starting from April 1st. This is no different from previous years, but just a note for confirmation.

H1B Reject Notices – Ask Employers?
There may be some employers, who are not authentic and claim that they filed H1B for FY 2017, but it was not selected blaming the system. Irrespective of the employers, if you were promised that your H1B was filed for FY 2017 and employer said that the petition was rejected or not picked in lottery, you should ask the employer to share the Reject notice copy. It would look something like below.

Is there a case number for rejected petitions ? If so, can I check online the reject notice status using Reject Case Number # to verify the authenticity ?
There is a reject case number given for every case for documentation by USICS. But, unfortunately, you cannot check the reject notice status on USCIS website. It is just an internal reference number and you cannot verify it.

If you are planning for next season, check out H1B Visa 2018 FAQs 

Sample H1B Reject Notice for H1B Visa FY 2017

Sample Rejection Notice which was not picked in Lottery for H1B Visa 2017

Reject notice image Credits : http://immigrationgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/VSC-Returned-Petition-Notice.jpg ,  featured image credit : https://dahnafearon.files.wordpress.com/2016/03/img_2056-2.jpg 

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Comments ( 48 )

  1. Satheesh

    when will be receiving the lottery results for the fiscal Year 2018 since the random lottery process has completed on April 11th

  2. Ganu

    Hell0,

    My employer has filled the H1B for FY18. My LCA was filed on 29th March 2017 & as per the fedex tracking number my H1B got delivered to USCIS on 7th April 9.57 AM. Is my file is still eligible to get it picked under this FY18 lottery?

  3. swadha dave

    Hi Saurabh

    I am in travel and turisum line . My H1b has been done in 2014 and was completed in sept 2016. I got stamped in same month once i got approval. After that when i back to USA my employer wanted me to pay in cash hence i left him and also left USA in one month period and back to India. Before departing USA i got another employer who wanted to take me and transfer my H1 . Since time was not there i came back to India and open a branch office for the the same new employer in India . They have applied my H1 b transfer in September and i got denied status online . I haven’t yet came to know the reason for rejection . I am waiting for the letter . I am in India and they have applied Transfer. I just wanted to know what is the next step for the same ? Can i reapply H1b ? Is that be now consider as new H1 and goes under the lottery system ? Can we apply L1 ? My india branch office has completed 2 years and main office is in California .
    Please help me so i can discuss with my employer .

    Swadha

  4. Jeralene Maria

    Hi, I am looking for the information to apply for H1B Visa to work in US as its my dream. Started my research from past few months through friends and contact everyone says its impossible to get. But i dont want to give up my hope, can you please help me how to go about to apply for Job in US. I have complete my MBA – Finance and have 4 years experience in mortgage with a US based company in India. How far can i follow the dream job i want ???

  5. SG

    My employer says he has filed my H1B, but he has not yet received any rejection letter, saying rejection letter is still pending from USCIS. Please help me here if his statement is valid

  6. V. V. Mahesh Babu

    Hi,
    I have received my Reject petition in that it states “Your petition was returned for the following reason – Your petition is subject to the FY 2017 H-1B numerical cap and USCIS received sufficient mumbers of H-1B petitions to reach the numerical limitation for FY2017 prior to receiving your petition.”

    Does it mean my petition was not even considered for Lottery? The sample reject petitions you have uploaded does not match with mine. Can someone help me out on this?

    Regards,
    Mahesh

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      V. V. Mahesh Babu,

      Looks like petition reached USCIS office after April 7. Do you know when it reached USCIS office?

  7. Robson

    The company received a rejection letter. I wasn’t even considered for lottery for the immigration office says the company paid the wrong fee. They claim that the company paid fee for a company that has less than 25 employess when they should have paid a fee for companies that havemore than 25 employees.

    My employer said that was a gross mistake, since they never ever had more than 25 employees.

    So they filled a MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION. The lawyer wrote in the petition that the only way to remedy the situation is to give me the work visa. I doubt this will work, but… hope it the last one that dies…

    Would that work ?

    anybody knows about anything ??

    1. FirstTimer/Non-AD/VT/RP

      Hi Robson,

      I don’t know much about “Motion to Reconsideration” but only thing i know is that you should file within 30 days of you rejection letter date, but i have a query that how are you saying that you are not even considered for lottery, as per my understanding each and every package has individual cheque and other documents, will USCIS open the package without winning the lottery ? I doubt ! correct me if i am wrong.

      My case is similar to yours, I got rejection letter saying that “Your Form I-129 Petition subject to FY 17 cap has an employment date earlier than 10/01/2016”

      Admin said that my case got selected and later rejected because of start date, I guess your case is also similar.

    2. administrator
      Saurabh

      Robson,

      The employer/attorney have a valid claim to file MTR if they really have less than 25 employees and can demonstrate that.

  8. AJ

    Currently i am working outside USA..A genuine company in US filed my H1B and my application got picked in lottery. I haven’t got any RFE yet but my application is still not approved..
    Is this kind of delay a normal stuff? What are my chances?

  9. AR

    Is there any way to authenticate if the employer (consultant) has filed your petition? The employer has sent me the rejection letter, however, I feel there is something fishy. So given below is what I could figure.

    1. The beneficiary name (that is my name) shows wrong in the rejection letter. There is a missing alphabet in the second name.
    2. My friend who applied with the same consultant, for him also the beneficiary name shows wrong in the rejection letter. The alphabets are misplaced in the middle name.
    3. The rejection letter is light blue in color. I can see that the sample rejection letter uploaded in this page is white in color.
    4. In my rejection letter, the reject case # starts with CRNXXXXXXXXXX, where as I can see in most of the sample rejected templates in google starts with VRN.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      AR,

      Let me be the devil’s advocate here.

      1,2: USCIS is known to make typos even in 797 receipts that are sent out to selected candidates
      4. VRN could be Vermont issued rejection letters, while CRN would be California issued.

      Only way to know for sure is to ask employer to send the original rejection letter to you.

    2. AR

      Hi Saurab, thanks for the immediate reply.

      Typo on two applications from the same consultant, questionable?
      Also, even if we get the original rejection letter, how can we verify it? The consultant has sent me the scanned copy already.

      Thanks,
      AR

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        AR,

        If you can get the original rejection letter then that’s the best tool you have. You can see the paper quality, ink marks etc to see whether it has been forged or not.

        Yes, 2 typos on 2 different rejection letters doesn’t help in addressing the concerns.

  10. ReturnDonefromUSCIS

    Today’s update:

    https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-returns-unselected-fiscal-year-2017-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions

    1. H1B applicant

      My employer has not forwarded rejection receipt to me yet but one I get rejection receipt, is there any possible way to verify that that receipt is authentic?

      1. administrator
        Saurabh

        H1B applicant,

        The only way is to compare it w/ sample rejection letters and see if it looks authentic. There is no site or portal where you can enter the rejection number to validate.

    2. AR

      Hi Saurab, thanks for the immediate reply.

      Typo on two applications from the same consultant, questionable?
      Also, even if we get the original rejection letter, how can we verify it? The consultant has sent me the scanned copy already.

      Thanks,
      AR

  11. Shankar

    Hi,

    I’ve not received any update yet? Did we know the last date for getting the rejection letter ?

    This is my second attempt and it seems failed. I just want know the max number of attempts that people can do before getting the H1B.

    thanks
    Shankar

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Shankar,

      There is no official last date for this; but I expect everyone to be notified by end of July.

  12. Sameera

    Hi Saurabh,

    My H1B (AD/Reg/CA) was approved on 31/May/2016, but I haven’t received my hard copy yet, I have crosscheck with my attorney. Do you know how much time would it take? I have all my travel plan ready to go for stamping in Oct, I was bit concern. Please advice.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Sameera,

      SLA to receive the paper notice is 30 days. After that, your employer/attorney should contact USCIS and follow-up.

  13. IT'S ME_CTS

    Not selected email received from Cognizant GI team dated 23/06/2016..Good luck to all the selected applicants.. Life has more to give and i am game for it..

  14. Bobstale

    I still not get any info about my case=( lawyer said that no any letters from uscis.
    Does anyone send case with visanow.com? have the result?

    1. Eric

      I did not send my case through visanow.com. The company I work with has our own legal department. However, I still have not received any info about my case from our legal department. At this point, I would take it as I am not selected. I am preparing to extend my OPT since I am in STEM program.

  15. H1BJuly

    Hi Saurabh,
    I have selected in lottery- RP/non-AD. Waiting for approval. My query is I had few backlogs in my education B.E. passed exceeded 4 years duration. So will it be any issues,,, pls advise

  16. Sourav

    Can we do transfer from project management to MBA if i am on CPT, i had to take CPT as my lottery was not picked this year. Also the school i am wanting to go does not have July term so i have to take another school but i want to return to MBA as a trasferee from project management. Any help is appreciated.
    Thanks

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Sourav,
      I suggest you check with your school, if you can change the degree. Always be careful with schools that give CPT from day one, there have been many cases of fraud and you can get into trouble.

  17. Sinabagh

    Saurabh/Kumar,

    My employer didn’t received the reject letter yet but from other indications (SEVIS Not Updated, Check remained Uncashed) we are almost sure that I wasn’t picked. So, I am enrolling in an MBA program for this fall and gettting CPT from Day 1 to be able to stay and continue working. I want to push them to start employer based green card process as soon as possible but they want to wait for next year’s H1B again and their excuse is the green card petition will get rejected because you can’t be applying for green card when you are on F-1. Is this a legit excuse? will your green card petition get rejected just because your current status is F-1?

    Thanks,
    P.S: My country’s cases are current in the green card bulletin.

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Sinabagh,

      AFAIK, you should be able apply for GC even when on F-1. However, such cases are closely scrutinized and that could be a deterrent for the employer/attorney.

    2. Harshada

      Hi Saurabh,

      Looks like we both are in exact same situation. Even I discussed with my employer about EB2 GC and they said the same thing that the GC applications from F1 students take more time and there are very slim chances of getting approval. So, I am also considering MBA or other masters program in order to continue work on CPT. If possible, could you please share the name of college or University you are considering for CPT (Day 1)? I heard that SEVIS rules have been changed and you have to be in college for at least one academic year before starting CPT. However, I am not 100% sure.

      Thank you and good luck.

      Best,

      Harshada

      1. simba

        Harshada,

        As far as I have learned, CPT rules are so vague. There are no rigid requirements defined by USCIS for CPT as they have for OPT or STEM EXT. OPT. It’s all dependent on school and how they build the curriculum of that program. If that program requires you to take an internship-like course in the first semester, then you get CPT from Day 1. if the program requires and internship in the third semester then that’s when you get CPT. Same goes for the number of hours you can work (20 hr/week vs 40 hr/week etc.). Overall, all the CPT rules are made up by schools themselves since they are the ones who are approving your CPT work authorization and not USCIS (you won’t get an EAD card like you do for OPT, it’s just an additional line in your I-20). Based on that, there are some schools that found this as a money making opportunity so they made programs that give you work authorization from day 1. Some better/bigger schools don’t do that cause they don’t want to put their name and validity in question just to make some extra dollars. The one I found in my area is WPI (a quick search will give you a lot of other options in CA, NJ, PA or IL).
        The only thing I don’t understand here is why would your GC petition get rejected just because you are on F-1? It’s not like we are breaking any rules?! I don’t understand how is that different compared to when they are processing your H-1B petition next year. if GC petition is gonna get rejected because of that then H-1B petition should as well. I appreciate if Saurabh/Kumar elaborate a little bit on this for us and shed some light maybe by providing some real life examples.?!

        Thanks

        1. Virender

          Hi Simba

          Do you know any schools(courses) in California who provides CPT from day1?
          Really appreciate your help.

          Thanks
          Viren

          1. No CPT

            There are no legitimate schools that offer CPT from day 1. If you look around, you will see that the most common RFE/denial reason for H1Bs and I-140s are for CPT violations. The CPT is a very narrowly designed program, and your chances of successfully clearing such RFEs are pretty small if you join the wrong program.

            If it feels like a loophole, it’s probably fraud. Don’t ruin your career for this.

        2. simba

          @NoCPT
          So what? you think I don’t know all the risks? What’s the alternative? give up, pack and go home after all that I went through to get here? this is my only option. I take my chances now and when the time comes I’ll deal with RFEs/Denials for H1b/I-140. But don’t expect me to give up and go back home just because some stupid IT companies are misusing H1b regulations and file 20,000 petitions every year just because there’s more benefit for them to hire slaves from outside of the country rather than hiring people who are ALREADY IN US.

  18. Alterego

    Hi,

    I just want to know that in ds160 I mentioned my highest degree qualification institution name but in petition I can see University name instead of Institution name.This Institution comes under this University.Will there be a issue bcoz of diff in ds160 and petition.

  19. Suresh Rajagopal

    Hi,
    I applied through consultancy this year (free of cost).

    The consultancy sent a mail on May 9th saying my application did not get selected in the lottery. When I asked for rejection letter, got reply from them that “They don’t send any rejection notice. They send the application and check back.”

    Is it true? Won’t they send rejection letter?

    I don’t know whether the consultancy applied or not.

    If I am applying next year, is there anywhere we need to mention in USICS application on applied history?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Suresh

      When I checked with another manager of that consultancy, got below reply:

      “USCIS doesn’t send any rejection letter.

      USCIS will only return your application as you were not lucky enough and not selected in lottery system.”

      1. Chembu Lingam

        Something similar has been happening to me for last two years. My application did n’t get picked up in lottery and they claimed that USCIS won’t send any rejection letters. I was ignorant. But, this year, I processed through another employer and they’ve sent me the rejection letter.

      2. administrator
        Kumar

        Suresh,
        They can call it whatever they want, the fact is that, what you see above is the rejection letter. If you look closely, there is something on the top that says “Reject Case #”, hence called Rejection letter. Of course, they return the petition as well along with this reject letter.

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