U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services completed data entry for those selected for H-1B visas. So what happens to those not selected?
Each fiscal year USCIS offers 85,000 H-1B working visas (65,000 general, 20,000 for advanced degree holders). They started accepting petitions on April 1 and reached the limit on April 7.
They received more applications than visas available, so USCIS uses a random lottery system to award the visas.
On May 4 it was announced USCIS completed data entry for the 2016 fiscal year H-1B visa recipients who were randomly selected. Those selected will receive a receipt notice.
Those who were not selected will have their petitions returned. Due to the high number of petitions, the time frame is unknown of when applicants will receive their petitions back from USCIS.
In an email sent by USCIS, it states: USCIS asks petitioners to not inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the petitions have been returned.
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