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 ?
- If you have been selected in Lottery and have a receipt notice, you can expect the steps of standard adjudication. Read Steps after H1B Lottery – Flow Chart, Various Statuses
- If your petition was not selected in lottery, you can expect a Rejected package, it would have a Reject Notice. It would look like Sample H1B Reject Notice Lottery Not Selected
What do you think of the timelines ? Did anyone get Rejected packages or Approval ?
Reference : USCIS H1B Data Entry Complete