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USCIS completes data entry of H-1B quota cases filed as part of year 2019 lottery

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*Pasricha & Patel Takeaways: *USCIS has confirmed that it has completed the data entry of the H-1B quota cases that were selected in this year (fiscal year 2020) H-1B lottery. USCIS also confirms that it will start to return those cases that were not selected in this year’s lottery.

And just like in years’ past, this return process can take a few weeks to a few months for the USCIS to complete.

At the same time, the H-1B employer/petitioner can still expect to receive H-1B quota receipt notices as the USCIS will continue to work through those cases that were selected and some notices that are still being mailed out to the petitioners. USCIS has advised all petitioners to wait for mailings to reach them in the coming weeks and months, as the USCIS will also make a separate final announcement once it has returned all the unselected H-1B quota petitions.

USCIS also explains that some of the H-1B quota petitions will be shifted between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center in order to balance their workload and enhance processing efficiencies. USCIS will issue notices to the affected H-1B petitioners to notify them of such a process. And the affected H-1B petitioner will have to send any future correspondence to the center that is actually processing the petition.

Should our readers have any questions about the H-1B quota selection process, we advise you to please feel free to our office for further consultation.