FY 2020 H-1B Cap Data Entry Completed
On May 17, 2019, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the agency completed data entry for the H-1B cap-subject petitions filed during the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 filing period (April 1 to April 5, 2019). USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected and will issue an announcement once notification of rejections has been completed. USCIS has indicated it cannot provide a definite time frame for returning unselected petitions given the large volume of submissions.
What Employers Can Expect
Employers may expect to continue to receive receipts for selected cases over the next few weeks. Petitions that are not selected under the FY 2020 cap will be rejected by USCIS and returned with the government filing fees. USCIS also advised that it may transfer some H-1B cap-subject petitions between the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center to balance case processing workloads and enhance efficiencies. If an H-1B cap case is selected and transferred to a different USCIS Service Center, USCIS will send notification of the transfer in the mail.
Premium Processing Service Availability Reminder
As previously announced, USCIS will take a two-tiered approach to implementing premium processing service for cap-subject H-1B petitions where the petitioner requests premium processing service on Form I-907. For H-1B cap petitions filed with a change of status request , USCIS will notify the public as to the precise date that premium processing service for these petitions will commence (expected not later than May 20, 2019). For H-1B cap petitions filed with a request for consular notification of approval, USCIS has indicated that premium processing service for these petitions will not be available until at least June 2019.
Petitions Not Subject to the H-1B Cap
As a reminder, USCIS will continue to accept and process H-1B petitions that are not subject to the cap. These include filings for extensions of status, amended petitions, changes of employer, concurrent employment for existing H-1B workers, and petitions filed by organizations that are cap-exempt.
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