- USCIS Completes Return of FY 2017 H-1B Cap Petitions Not Selected in the Lottery
- August 3, 2016
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
USCIS today announced that it has finished returning H-1B petitions that were not selected in the FY 2017 cap lottery, almost two weeks earlier than in FY 2016. Employers with cases not chosen for processing should have received their returned petition packages and fee checks as of today, July 8, 2016.
USCIS continues to work on pending non-premium processed cases, as well as premium cases that received requests for evidence (RFEs). The agency has not yet estimated when it will finish initial adjudication of non-premium cases—either issuing an RFE or an approval or denial—but is expected to do so in the coming weeks.
Employers who receive RFEs in pending cases should work with their Fragomen professionals to quickly assemble any additional facts or documents necessary for a response. The sooner an RFE response is submitted, the greater the likelihood that the case will be decided in time for an October 1, 2016 H-1B employment start date.