H-1B Lottery Completed, Unselected Cases Being Returned

Late yesterday, USCIS announced that it had completed data entry for all fiscal year 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated random selection process. The Agency now begins the process of returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected.

USCIS cannot provide a definite time frame for returning unselected petitions and asks stakeholders not to inquire about the status of their cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. An announcement will be made once all the unselected petitions have been returned.

Additionally, USCIS may transfer some Form I-129 H-1B cap subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases. If your case is transferred, you will receive notification in the mail. After receiving the notification, please send all future correspondence to the center processing your petition.