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USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY 2017 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions, Begins Rejections


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 2, 2016, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2017 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected randomly. USCIS has begun returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. USCIS said that due to the high volume of filings, the agency is unable to provide a definite time frame for returning these petitions.

USCIS asked petitioners not to ask about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or a returned unselected petition. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.

Additionally, USCIS said it is transferring some Form I-129 H-1B cap-subject petitions from the Vermont Service Center to the California Service Center to balance the distribution of cap cases. Those whose cases are transferred will receive notification in the mail. After receiving the notification, petitioners should send all future correspondence to the center processing the petition. Those who are filing Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing, should send the completed I-907 with the appropriate fee to the center processing the petition. 

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