There have been many speculations by many of our readers, that there is a rejected list, second list, etc…Finally, all the speculations come to end….USCIS released a press note earlier today indicating that they have returned all the H1B petitions that were not selected in H1B 2017 Lottery process. We’ll quickly review on what it means for everyone…
Official News – Summary : Return of H1B 2017 Unselected / Rejected Petitions Completed
- USCIS made an official announcement today, July 8th, 2016 that they have returned all the H1B 2017 cap subject petitions that were not selected in the H1B Lottery conducted earlier this year in April.
- Technically, if you not received either a receipt notice or reject notice by July 8th, 2016, you can reach out to USCIS for assistance to know more regarding your petition.
In comparing with last year, the news of the rejection letters came in about 6 days before the date.
What does it mean to Employees Waiting ?
If your employer has filed a petition for FY 2017 quota and they have not given you any information and keep saying that they are still waiting for lottery result, you should ask them for the receipt notice or reject notice. If they fail to provide either of these, they are just trying to mislead you…You may give few more days to your employer like 7 days more for receipt of reject notices, due to mail delays at some times, but cannot go over a week. You can check out Sample H1B Reject letter for FY 2017
Can you as employee call USCIS to find out details of your petition ?
The tricky part is that you cannot call USCIS and ask that my employer has filed petition, and ask USCIS to share the details, they will not answer your questions. Only attorney or the employer can contact USCIS as it is their petition.
Overall, if you have been hoping to hear back with some slim ray of hope, unfortunately, the final day has come and it is official, there is no hope…it is your time to move on and look at other options.
Have you received reject notices and your employer shared the same ? What are your thoughts, if you did not make it this year ?
Reference : Official News Alert – USCIS Reject Petitions