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USCIS Completes Data Entry for Petitions Selected in H-1B Lottery; Will Start Returning Unselected Petitions

Authors: Jamie M. Dietz (Raleigh), Brian D. Bumgardner (Raleigh)

Published Date: May 9, 2017

On May 3, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the data entry process for all H-1B cap petitions selected in the FY 2018 H-1B cap lottery had been completed. USCIS will begin returning petitions that were not selected in the lottery; however, a specific timeframe for the return of unselected petitions has not been identified. USCIS is requesting that petitioning employers refrain from inquiring into the status of cap-subject petitions until employers have received a receipt notice or the returned cap-subject petition.

In an effort to balance its workload, USCIS will transfer some H-1B cap petitions from its Vermont Service Center to its California Service Center for processing. USCIS will issue notifications via mail on cases that are being transferred.

Jamie M. Dietz  (Raleigh)

Jamie M. Dietz
*Currently licensed in Georgia only. Jamie is an associate attorney in the Raleigh, North Carolina office of Ogletree Deakins. She works with multinational clients to provide comprehensive business immigration representation on U.S. visa matters, covering the full spectrum of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing for their professional workforce, including new hires, the existing talent pool, and international intracompany transfers. She partners with clients to develop a keen understanding...

Brian D. Bumgardner  (Raleigh)

Brian D. Bumgardner
Mr. Bumgardner’s practice includes a full range of business immigration matters in a variety of industries, with an emphasis on semiconductor design and manufacturing, industrial and power equipment manufacturing, information technology, biotechnology, life sciences, and health care. He assists employers in obtaining temporary and permanent work visas on behalf of new and current employees. Mr. Bumgardner possesses extensive knowledge and experience in preparing visa petitions for extraordinary...