As anticipated in the our previous article on reality about H1B receipts and Lottery results, USCIS issued a news alert today indicating that they have completed data entry of the all the H1B FY 2017 cap subject petitions. Lets me summarize the news alert and what to expect.
Summary of USCIS News – Data Entry Complete for H1B 2017 Petitions :
- As of May 2nd, 2016 USCIS has completed data entry of all the petitions filed for H1B under fiscal year 2017 quota and selected in random selection aka H1B Lottery
- USCIS will start to return all the petitions that were not selected in lottery.
- There is NO SLA or time frame that USCIS tells for expecting the rejected petitions that were not selected in lottery due to the high volume of filings.
- The petitions or employers should NOT contact USCIS regarding their H1B petition until they receive some sort of communication about their petition either a reject notice or case receipt.
- USCIS will issue a press note once they complete sending out all the rejected petitions.
- USCIS has also transferred some cases from Vermont processing Center to California Processing Center to balance load. The key thing is that they will indicate the same via notification to employers regarding the same. Also, they would need to work with the new processing center, if they need to upgrade to premium processing or for any sort of correspondence.
What does this USCIS Alert Indicate ? How has it been last year for FY 2016 ? What to Expect ?
Compared to last year, the press alert came in couple of days early regarding the completion of the data entry of H1B petitions. This is the second year USCIS is releasing such an alert, they have not issued such alert prior to 2016 quota. Anyways, last year after the press alert came in on May 4th regarding data entry completion, first regular processing petitioners started to get the receipts for a month or so. Also, reject notices went on for over 2 months. The final press alert indicating the completion of the return of the rejected petitions came in on July 14th. So, if USCIS were to follow the same processing timelines, they would complete it by July 12th, as the data entry was done two days earlier. It could be a little earlier as well. The reason is that, USCIS received more premium processing petitions this year than last year, this is from the fact that they did not move the premium processing start date too much earlier and kept it from May 12th.
All in all, the waiting continues folks and it may be a nightmare waiting for some of these things…but, I guess that is life. Ideally, all selected petition holders should get receipt notices in 2 to three weeks, after that chances get slim and I suggest you plan for Plan B. In general, be positive when you wait..Also, if you were unlucky you will get a physical reject notice from USCIS that looks like Sample H1B Reject Notice …
The below quote by Rocky states the reality of life…Don’t give up, if luck does not favour you.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa
What are your thoughts ?