USCIS announced a couple of days ago, on May 3, 2017, that it has already completed the data entry process of fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions which are selected in their computer-generated random process.
Now, USCIS will start to return all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not previously selected. Unfortunately, USCIS has been unable to provide an exact time frame for returning these petitions due to the high amount of petitions that need to be consider. That is why, it has asked the petitioners to not to inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they have first received a receipt notice or an unselected petition.
In order to balance the distribution of different cap cases, USCIS is now transferring some Form I-129 H-1B cap subject petitions from Vermont, where the Service Center is located, to the California Service Center. In cases when your petition is transferred, you will receive notification in the mail.
On March 3, as USCIS already announced, has temporarily suspended all premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including the cap-subject petitions, for a period of up to six months.
In the meanwhile, as long as the H-1B premium processing is suspended, all petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which needs the H-1B nonimmigrant classification.
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