Once H1B Visa Lottery process is complete, you wait for your lottery results or final decision. While everyone hope to get a H1B Receipt Case number , it is impossible to get it for everyone and depending on the number of filings either some or many end up getting reject notices, if they were not selected in the H1B lottery. Below are sample reject notices from USCIS. Below are samples and what you to expect or ask employers.
What to Expect from the Sample H1B Reject Notice from USCIS ?
The key takeaway from the USCIS’s H1B reject notice are couple of things, firstly it tells you that your petition was not picked in H1B lottery or random selection. Secondly, it tells you the next H1B season start date for next fiscal year.
H1B Reject Notices – What to Ask Employers?
There may be some employers, who are not authentic and claim that they filed H1B visa, but it was not selected blaming the system. Irrespective of the employers, if you were promised that your H1B was filed and employer said that the petition was rejected or not picked in lottery, you should ask the employer to share the Reject notice copy. It would look something like below. We have few samples from previous years.
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.
How to read H1B Rejected Number ? What does the Reject Case Number Indicate ?
All H1B Reject Notices have a reject Case Number at the top in the field with label “Reject Case #”. Each of the letter in the Reject Notice indicate something. It starts with the service center, where it was filed/processed, followed by other details as below
- First letter indicates the Service Center – V for Vermont, C for California
- Second Letter indicate the Quota type – R for Regular , M for Masters Quota
- Third Letter the Processing type – N for Regular processing, P for Premium Processing.
- Fourth and Fifth Indicate the Fiscal Year of H1B – 20 for FY 20, 18 for FY 20
- Examples :
- Vermont Reject Notice for FY 18, filed under regular quota and regular processing would have number : VRN18XXXX
- California Reject Notice for FY 19, filed under masters quota and premium processing would have number : CMP19XXXX
No, the case number given by USCIS cannot be tracked online.
No, it is employer’s petition, they are not mandated to share anything with you. While most of them share info, they do not have any obligation to do so.
Yes, you can file for H1B next year. The lottery rejection or not being picked in lottery does not really restrict you with filing future H1B applications.
Sample H1B Reject Notice from California Service Center for FY 2020
Sample H1B Reject Notice for FY 2019
Sample H1B Reject Notice from Vermont, Regular Quota, Regular Processing for FY 2018
Sample H1B Reject Notice from California Regular Quota, Regular Processing, FY 18.
Sample H1B Reject Notice from FY 2017
H1B Lottery Rejection Notice from Vermont Service Center ( VSC) – FY 2016
Sample H1B Reject Notice from California Service Center CSC – FY 2016
Sample H1B rejection letter not picked in USCIS Lottery from 2008 :
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