Many of you, who applied H1B petition for FY 2017 are going through a very tough time…many waiting for the lottery results, some waiting for the actual decision, some very nervous looking at the celebration from others saying their case is picked, some making up their own theories that ‘game is over for premium processing folks”, some talking about stats of other attorneys. some blaming the system, some blaming the fake consultancies…it is a complex world, isn’t it …everyone has their opinion and has their say… Just look at comments on our H1B Visa 2017 page, you will get a sense of the discussion. Anyways, let me try to shed some light on the reality so that everyone is on the same page….
Is it ‘Game Over’ for H1B Premium Processing Petition filing candidates?
No, absolutely not. Many may claim and make up their own theories or say that they are hearing from their attorneys and other attorneys that the game is over, but it is not true. The reality is that you still have till May 12th for the premium processing clock start date. The chance of getting receipt might be slim, but still there is chance. You can get a receipt up until May 12th, if you have filed under premium processing. Also, you cannot be sure about anything until you get a rejection package from USCIS.
When will the H1B petitioners, who filed under Regular Processing get Receipts ?
Well, this is a tricky question… As there is no set SLA for regular processing petitions, you can continue to receive the case receipt number anytime now, up until USCIS formally indicates with an alert saying that they have returned all the rejected petitions. It can go up until mid-July 2016 or even later.
Last year USCIS also did a news alert on May 5th, indicating completion of data entry of all the petitions received for FY 2016 year. They mention in that they will start to send rejection packages for petitions not selected. After couple of months on July 14th last year, USCIS did a news alert indicating that they have returned all the rejected petitions. If you look at it, it took them over 2 months just to complete sending rejected packages…Now, coming to this year, as we had more or less same number of petitions, you can expect the last date for receiving lottery decision around that, which is mid-July or late July.
Many of you might be thinking, what the heck, that’s a long way to go….unfortunately, the reality is that until you get a rejected petition, you cannot be sure that you were not selected in lottery.
Need to wait for USCIS alert on Data Entry
We need to wait and see, if USCIS releases a news alert like last year indicating that they have completed data entry… we can expect some real final lottery decisions for unlucky candidates. Last year it was done around May 5th, let’s see, if we get something this week.
What’s the basic rule of H1B Lottery Result you need to aware ?
Either you have filed in premium processing or regular processing, one rule of lottery applies to everyone. Up until the date you receive a rejection package and you see a physical sample H1B reject Notice by yourself, you cannot be sure that you were not picked in lottery. People can say all kinds of their own theories, some of them might be 99% correct, but they will NOT be 100% correct. The fact is that until you see a physical rejection letter that came along in a package from USCIS, your game is NOT over for FY 2017!
What are your thoughts?
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