USCIS Update on FY2009 H-1B Cap-Subject Filings

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that, except for cases being reviewed as potential duplicate filings, all receipts have been issued for cases selected in the random lottery. The California and Vermont Service Centers finished entering data on all selected cases by May 23, 2008, and mailed all receipts by May 24, 2008.

Cases that were thought to be duplicate filings (approximately 500 petitions) are being hand reviewed. Some were submitted as "protective filings" due to courier delivery confirmation problems, or where the petition was sent to an incorrect Service Center. Each will be reviewed and determined on a case-by-case basis. If an appropriate explanation was submitted with the duplicate filing, there is a good chance of acceptance.

The USCIS has determined that the number of petitions selected during the random selection process will be sufficient to meet the cap limit. Rejection notices began being mailed out this week.