On July 19, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has returned all fiscal year 2018 H1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the H1B lottery [PDF version]. The USCIS announced its completion of data entry of all H1B cap-subject petitions selected in the H1B lottery on May 3, 2017 [see blog].
If a petitioner submitted an H1B cap-subject petition between April 3 and April 7, 2017, and has not received a receipt notice or returned petition by July 31, 2017, he or she may contact the USCIS for assistance regarding the situation.
This announcement puts a cap on the H1B lottery process for fiscal year 2017. H1B petitioners should remember that premium processing for H1B petitions remains suspended indefinitely [see article] with very limited exceptions [see article]. To learn more about the H1B nonimmigrant category, please see our full selection of articles and blogs on the subject [see category].