Today, USCIS announced that it has completed data entry for this year’s H-1B lottery. Following completion of the data entry, USCIS issued and continues to issue receipt notices for those petitions that were selected in the lottery and is mailing them to the employer and attorney of record. We have notified all individuals for whom we have received receipt notices so far. We have also been monitoring our bank account to determine whether any other checks associated with the H-1B lottery filings have been cashed and expect only to see a few more in the coming days. For those cases not selected in the lottery, USCIS will begin returning the petition package to our office in the coming weeks.
For those candidates who were not selected in the H-1B lottery, we will be reaching out to discuss available contingency plans. For those candidates who were selected in the H-1B lottery, we anticipate seeing approval notices between mid- to late May and the end of September 2017, although with processing times varying widely, there could be significant delays. We’ll begin monitoring how our filed cases are processed and advise clients if we feel there may be a delay in the final adjudication (i.e. it is past October 1, 2017).
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