Many of the H1B visa applicants, who filed in FY 2020 quota have been waiting for their results. Some have been lucky to get picked in the H1B Visa Lottery, where as some have been unlucky. Many of the unlucky ones are still waiting for the results from USCIS regarding their H1B Visa 2020 Petition…One of our users recently got the such reject, Felipe notice and he was kind enough to share with the community for review. Thanks to Felipe for sharing the information with community. Check it out below. Will share additional information on what you expect on timelines and what you can ask your employer.
How long will the H1B reject notices arrive from USCIS for FY 2020 ?
Usually USCIS will issue an alert on their website indicating that they have completed sending out the rejected notices for all the petitions that were not picked in Lottery. For FY 2019, it was on July 30th, 2018. It slightly varies by year around few dates in July. See below for historical dates from previous years. They will release a news alert by when you should receive the H1B reject package, for FY 2019, it was August 13th, which is about 2 weeks from the alert. So, if we go by similar timelines, you can expect anywhere by mid to end of August. This year, they have not yet released the alert, so it can be further dragged to September, if we do not see the alert from USCIS soon.
- For FY 2019, it was July 30th, 2018.
- For FY 2018, it was July 19th
- For FY 2017, it was July 8th
- For FY 2016, it was July 14th
Update : USCIS announced on Aug 14th, 2019 that they have returned all H1B 2020 petitions that were not selected in lottery. Employers and attorney should return their packages by Aug 29, 2019. If not they can contact USCIS. See below:
What to ask your Employer on H1B 2020 Reject Notice ?
Most of the good employers are reasonable and do share the reject notice with their employees, if their petition was not picked in the H1B lottery. But, some employers are not transparent, especially, if you are from an small outsourcing firm or a IT Bodyshop company. In such case, you should ask them for any of the below, if they mention that they have filed your H1B petition and not picked in lottery. You need to be aware, the reject notices arrives in batches and until USCIS issues an alert, you cannot insist asking them for the reject notice.
- Copy of the Reject Notice
- Copy of the LCA that was used for H1B filing
- Fedex or UPS mail receipt for tracking your H1B petition package sent to USCIS
- Copy of your petition that was filed with USCIS.
If your employer does not share any of the above, something is not right as most of them do share. Also, legally, they are not bound to share copy of the reject notice or any details of the petition with you. So, you cannot do anything about it…
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 publicly on USCIS website.
To understand more on the H1B Rejected number and what it means, and sample Historical H1B reject notices, read H1B Reject Notices Samples – Number Meaning