USCIS has announced that all data entry has been completed the data entry for all FY 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions chosen in this year’s lottery. USCIS states that they will now begin returning petitions that were not chosen in the lottery, but that the timeframe for returning the petitions is unknown at this time due to the high volume of applications that were received.

In their statement, USCIS also asked that applicants do not call USCIS to ask about the status of a petition until either a receipt or a returned petition is received.

Further notices will be issued as USCIS completes this process.

Should you have any questions regarding this year’s H-1B lottery, or any other H-1B issue, please contact our office.