USCIS H1B 2019 Data Entry Complete

News : USCIS Completed Data Entry for H1B FY 2019 – Next Steps after Lottery ?

In H1B Visa News by KumarUpdated : 190 Comments

Many of you, who are yet to hear back from USCIS on your H1B petition, have been awaiting this news update. USCIS announced today that the Data Entry is completed for H1B Petitions filed for FY 2019 quota. Below is the quick summary and what to expect next.

 Summary : H1B 2019 USCIS Data Entry Completed
This year’s Data Entry Complete press alert is delayed by almost two weeks. Last year, it was released on May 3rd. Below is the summary.

  • H1B 2019 Lottery Selected Petitions : USCIS released a press alert today, May 15th,  that they have completed data entry of all the H1B Petitions selected in Lottery that were filed for FY 2019 quota.  All it means is that, if you were selected in H1B Visa Lottery for FY 2019 quota, your data is entered in USCIS System for further process.
  • Return of Unselected H1B Petitions in Lottery :  USCIS says that they will return all the unselected petitions that were not selected in the total of 190,098 H1B Petitions that were in FY2019  H1B Lottery .  They indicate that due to high volume of petitions, they do not have a specified deadline for the sending returned petitions.  Based on past data, we can expect that this can be around mid-July or early August of 2018.
  • Reaching out to USCIS regarding H1B petition : For now, USCIS  says that you as an employer or petitioner should not reach out to USCIS until you see a Receipt notice or rejected package. They will issue a press release once all of these unselected petitions are sent out so that you as an employer and petitioner would know the time frame and then may contact USCIS after that deadline. Based on historical data, for FY 2018 quota, they announced this on July 19th and gave guidance that employers can contact after July 31st.  If we go by the timeline, this year, the data entry is delayed by about 12 days, last year this was announced on May 3rd.  So, we may have the date for returning petitions to be pushed by a week or two to go to end of July or early August 2018.
  • Workload Distribution – Transfer of Petitions : Similar to previous years, USCIS may transfer some H1B Petitions between Vermont Service centre and California Service centre to balance load.   If they transfer your case, you will get a notification in mail ( physical postal mail ) . You can contact that service centre, if any questions regarding your case. It would look like below, when you check online on USCIS site.  In general, some worry, if it will impact your case approval chances. In fact, it does not really change anything, so nothing to panic, it is just an administrative thing for USCIS to distribute workload.
    • On XXX XX, 2017, we transferred your Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, Receipt Number ,to another office for processing and sent you a transfer notice”

What does this Data Entry Update mean to you ?
This press alert is quite similar to the last year’s one, just details on premium processing are missing in it.  But, in general, if you have filed a H1B petition or you are the employee, all it means for you is that you should expect a receipt notice or a rejected petition package soon. It can take anywhere around 2 weeks for mail to arrive. You may see more of the remaining receipt notices sent out in the next 2 to 3 weeks and also expect to receive Rejected Packages soon.  There is definitely no sequence as such.  Based on past data, we can expect that USCIS will update on their returning of all petitions around end of July or early August, so there is a long way to go ! Don’t be anxious, the wait is long. Take it with the flow.

What’s Next Process in H1B Journey ?

What do you think of the timelines ?  Did anyone get Rejected packages or Approval ?

Reference : USCIS H1B Data Entry Complete


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Comments ( 190 )

  1. High hopes

    On my account; Receipt date-10/May.WAC-Non AD
    Case number could not be recognized on status update website.
    Anyone with the same issue?

    1. Ankita


      I’m on same boat.

      This is so weird. I’m unable to see the status on egov but can see in myaccount.

      Anybody here with same issue and received any update so far? please share with us.


  2. Ankita

    Dear Friends whose receipt number is not recognized. Did you get any update either approval or RFE?
    I can see my status as “case received” in myaccount website and error in website
    Receipt date : May 1
    WAC Center.

    Also please feel free to post suggestions. It will help everyone a lot.


  3. Interviewme

    Hi, I am trying to set up an interview for my visa stamp in my country of origin. I plan to do this in December when I go visit my family (my change of status already happened in the US, where I live). However, they only seem to have appointment openings for the current month (September). Nothing after that. I am wondering if this is because they won’t open the appointment dates until the actual month starts or gets closer (the other option, that everything is taken from October to December, but there are openings in the current month, doesn’t really make sense). Can anybody confirm this? Thanks.

    PS. I contacted the embassy but they didn’t clarify anything.

  4. Mites Shah

    Wife got RFE; can I ask her to travel to US on h4 .” I am in US with h1. She works for CTS full time: proper US client. Can she work later once h1 is approved ?

  5. anand

    Hello everybody,

    receipt date: May 1 & WAC Center
    I cannot able to see the status ( online as it shows “Receipt number not recognized” then I was able to create an account ( and can see “Case is received”
    Till today, case number has not been updated in ( website. 🙁

    Is there somebody with the same situation and got approved?
    Please share your experience on this. It will be helpful

    1. Suresh

      I received a confirmation from my employer today that my H1B petition was approved. Status on the USCIS website is still “Case was received”. So I guess it will be updated in due course.
      First time applicant – so I’m guessing visa stamping is the next step.

      1. anand

        Hi Saurabh,

        No update brother!

        But from past few weeks I’m receiving the below email from USCIS for every 2 weeks,

        We are still reviewing your case and there are no updates at this time
        We will notify you when your case status changes. We last took action on your case on June 26, 2018.

        Not sure what they mean. 🙁


        1. MR

          We are not even getting any mail from US IS, still showing status as Case Received. Not sure when it will update.
          I got my case on May 9th from California. Still waiting for approval.

  6. Shift-Delete-USA

    Hi Kumar,

    Can you please publish a detailed article on this?


  7. Shashank

    The Case Tracker shows my “Case is Approved” as of July 28th. But I have not received the approval notice. Can anyone tell how long it usually takes?

  8. Dana

    My attorneys received the case receipt document in May but the online tracker does not seem to be working with my case number. Is this normal? I still cannot track my case, just waiting for approval.

    1. anand

      Hi Dana,

      Just wanted to ask if you have any latest update.
      My case is similar to yours.
      my receipt notice is may 12 and i m unable to track the status online.
      I have created an account in this website where I see the case status as “case received”
      now its already august 1, did you receive anything?
      please share your update.

  9. MS

    I have not received approval or rejection for my case. Should i expect approval for my case anymore ? Is there a way from where i can check my case’s status?

    Appreciate your help !

    1. H1b

      I think it’s too late to receive the lottery select result. Please check with u r attorney if the cheque submitted with u r h1b petition is encashed or not. If it’s encashed, u can still HV positive hope…
      BEST OF LUCK!!!!

      1. H1B_IBM

        I think his question is, he received H1B receipt but status not changed still showing Case received. how long will it take to approve or reject the case?
        Generally case rejection will not happen until your documents are not correct, if all the documents that you provided are correct it will be approved.

        As per me it will take around 3 to 4 months, we need to wait until that, I know this is a very painful waiting.

  10. Hello

    By when can we expect receipt notices to get delivered ? It is almost 2 months since I am informed that my application is picked in lottery. But looks like they are yet to receive the receipt notice.

    1. editor

      You should have got it by now. Wait for two more weeks, if you don’t get it please ask your attorney to follow it up with USCIS. Good luck!

  11. Karthikeyan

    I got my Receipt notice on 2nd week of May, still my case is not Reflected on USICS Site, i get Validation Error when i tried to check the status.

    Anyone else facing the same problem?

  12. H1B Laga

    My was “Received” on 12-April-2018 and it is still in the same status. Could anyone please advise by when can one expect any movement in the status.

    1. editor

      We cant say for sure. All cases are processed in random manner. Please be patient and keep tracking your case. You would get an update for sure.

  13. H4 visa

    My H1B got picked in lottery. Once stamping done, I want to travel along with my family but my daughter passport is going to expiry in 2 years.
    My question is, I will get the Visa for 3 years and due to my daughter’s passport expiry she will get dependency visa for 2 years only. So, can I renew my daughter passport before I go for my H1B stamping, so that even she will also get 3 years dependency visa.
    Please suggest me on renewal on my daughter passport.

    1. administrator

      No, if you all get 3 years, she will also very likely get visa for all 3 years along with you. Visa is not linked to passport. You can use unexpired visa on an expired passport after you renew passport to re-enter US on a visa. Read Expired Passport visa Valid Article There is no reason to renew passport as it has still two years on it

  14. AYAY

    My case was very weird. Online case status remained “case was received”, but both of my employer and my lawyer already received my approval notice… Is this ok?

    1. administrator

      Yes, fine. Sometimes online system is not updated…if you can see the approval notice and has it on your name, nothing to worry. You can call USCIS to check regarding the issue on the system.

  15. Dasker

    My case status is changed from “case was recived” to “document was mailed”. What does this status mean ? My employer didn’t get the document yet.

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